GREENVILLE, Ill. - The men's basketball team held on to defeat Westminster 132-131 on Wednesday night in the opening game of the SLIAC schedule.
Greenville slipped behind by 12 points with 13:19 left in the first half but tied it four minutes later when a layup from Austyn Contreras closed the turnaround. Before the first half ended, the Panthers held a 61-54 advantage.
In the second half, Greenville took a double digit lead, eventually surging to a 13 point lead at 102-89 with 10:58 left in the game.
Westminster chipped away at the deficit and tied the score at 127-all with 2:10 to go in the game. The Blue Jays eventually led 129-127, but a steal and layup by Dustin Bankowski tied the score at 129-all.
A layup by Sontiago Grady put the Panthers up 131-129, and a free throw by Riley Simmons with 23 seconds remaining added to the lead. The Blue Jays could only muster a two-point field goal in the final seconds.
A pair of Panthers ended as GU's leading scorers. Grady and Simmons each had 21 points.
The Panthers (2-5, 1-0 SLIAC) host Webster on Saturday at 3 p.m.