ATLANTA – Playing its first game since the end of winter break, the Transylvania men's basketball team picked up a 78-69 victory against the Birmingham-Southern College Panthers on Thursday night at the Woodruff P.E. Center on the campus of Emory University.
Freshman guard Michael Jefferson shot an efficient 7-for-8 from the field to lead the Pioneers with an 18-point performance. The freshman added to his scoring line with four steals, two assists, and one rebound in victory.
Junior forward Bo Schuh came off the bench to post a reserve-high 12 points, canning all of his points from behind the arc as he shot 4-for-7 from three-point range.
Transylvania improved to 8-2 on the season with Thursday's victory in winning its second consecutive game. Birmingham-Southern dropped to 3-7 on the year.
The Pioneers used a 10-point first half from junior forward Kyle Gullett to carry a 39-33 lead to the break. A layup from sophomore guard Gabe Schmitt at the midway point of the first opened up Transy's largest lead of the half at 24-15 before the Panthers pulled back into the game slightly.
Jefferson applied his unique dose of acceleration to the game in the second half, scoring 14 of his 18 points in the final frame to hold the Panthers at bay as he shot 5-for-6 from the floor. Sophomore big man Drew Trimble came through with a big second half, scoring eight points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor to seal the win for the Pioneers.
Transylvania returns to play in Atlanta tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. to take on Emory University, hosts of this week's Emory Classic at the Woodruff P.E. Center.
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