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Men's basketball drops heartbreaker to Blackburn

Men's basketball drops heartbreaker to Blackburn

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GREENVILLE, Ill. -- The men's basketball team saw their winning streak snapped as Blackburn came to town and handed the Panthers a 72-71 loss.  On a day which honored seniors Jake Dewitt, Austin Hershberger, Ron Harris, Todd Albertson, Austin Potts, and Brandon Ramsour, the Panthers couldn't tie the game when they were at the free throw line with 2.9 seconds remaining.

Tim Daniel came off the bench for Greenville, which started five of its seniors, to produce 22 points.  Harris and Nick Trisko posted 10 points each.

Andrew Scott and Harris led the Panthers in the rebounding department as both came down with nine rebounds.

Potts passed out a game-high five assists, and Elmo Smith had two steals.

The Panthers shot 29-of-75 from the floor, including a 7-of-19 mark behind the three point arc.  They made 6-of-10 free throws.

Greenville's shooting percentage of 38.7 percent was topped by Blackburn's 25-of-58 43.1 percent clip.  Blackburn also made 50 percent of its three-point attempts.

The Panthers outrebounded Blackburn in the contest 49-35.

Both teams had 14 turnovers.

The Panthers (13-11, 10-7 SLIAC) host Webster on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. in the final contest of the regular season.  A win will allow the Panthers to advance to the SLIAC tournament as the fourth seed.  Greenville is currently tied with Fontbonne for fourth place as both have identical 10-7 conference records.

This story was published on February 21, 2015

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