MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Pensacola Christian exploded for a big fourth quarter to down Agnes Scott College in the finale of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday, 63-50. The Scotties had to battle from a large deficit for the second night in a row and nearly completed a comeback before the Eagles pulled away late in the game.
The Scotties fell to 1-2 on the season, while Pensacola improves to 6-4 overall and snaps a two-game losing streak at the classic.
Pensacola scored the first seven points of the game before Agnes Scott was able to counter with an 8-0 run of its own to take its first lead. The advantage would be short-lived though, as the Eagles ended the first period with a 7-1 run for the 14-9 lead.
The Eagles used a second-period lull by the Scotties to build its lead to as many 15 points and looked to be in full control at 32-19 with 20 minutes remaining in regulation.
For the second night in a row, Agnes Scott showed they could fight through adversity with a stellar 13 minutes of play spanning into the fourth quarter. The Scotties offense came alive in a big way that spurred on a 23-8 run and ended with a 42-40 Agnes Scott lead with just under seven to play.
However, Pensacola nailed deep balls on back-to-back possession to put a damper on the Scotties rally and never trailed again. The Eagles extended the score in the final minute as they converted 10 consecutive free throws to not allow any thoughts of more final-minute magic for the Scotties.
Garis Grant (Charleston, S.C.) led the Scotties in scoring for the second time in three nights with 18 and added a whopping 18 rebounds to go with it for another double-double. Classmate Anna Weimerskirch (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) also got into double-figures with 11 on 5-of-13 shooting and pulled down eight boards.
Agnes Scott played down a starter for the second night in a row and came within minutes of a win in as many evenings.
The Scotties will have the next two days to rest before their home opener against regional power Oglethorpe on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. at Woodruff Gymnasium.