Northrop started the fourth quarter with a narrow lead and scored the first nine points of the quarter, but it was Snider that claimed the final run of the morning to win 75-68 and advance to tonight's SAC Holiday Tournament final.
Sydney Curry hit four of the first five shots of the fourth quarter (his teammate Isaac Anderson accounted for the other), but then Snider's Dillon Duff got going. He scored 10 of his 22 points during that short stretch, pulling the Panthers (8-1) within one point of Northrop (7-2). Jon Barnes Jr. then hit a 3-pointer — his first bucket of the morning — to give Snider a 68-66 lead, its first since the second quarter.
The Bruins scored just once more in the final minutes after the Panthers wrestled away control of the game. They lost despite getting double-double performances from Curry (20 points and 14 rebounds) and Anderson (21 points and 11 rebounds). Qualen Pettus scored 15 points and had four rebounds. Nick Haines left the game in the third quarter after hitting the back of his head on the court.
Duff also had eight rebounds and four blocks for the Panthers and played a key role throughout despite playing much of the second half with four fouls. Michael Eley scored 18 points and Isaac Farnsworth had nine.
The Panthers will play the winner of the second semifinal, which pits Carroll against Homestead. The final will tip off at 7 p.m.