BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball team continued to roll in SCAC cross-divisional play this afternoon, defeating West Division foe Millsaps, 64-41, in front of a nice crowd in Bill Battle Coliseum. The win improves BSC to 15-2 on the season and 7-2 in conference play. The Majors drop to 4-10 and 1-7 on the year.
The Majors struck first, taking the early 2-0 lead, but the Panthers quickly took control. Millsaps last lead of the half came with 12:25 remaining. #Hart Ahumada# retook the lead for BSC on the next possession and started a 10-0 run that ended with a #Caleb Lee# layup that put BSC firmly in the driver’s seat at 23-14. ‘Southern used the remaining 9:37 to add to their lead and went into the half up 34-20.
The Majors got the lead down to single digits at the 11:02 mark thanks to a free throw that cut the Panther lead down to nine at 43-34. But, a #Wheeler Flemming# free throw pushed the lead back to ten on the next possession. Millsaps would not get that close again.
#Kevin Kegarise# led the Panthers offensively with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor. #Jasen Jonus# joined him in double-figures with 12 points of his own. #Mark Messenger# cleaned up the boards for the Panthers with 12 rebounds for the game. Blake Martinez scored eight for Millsaps to lead the Majors on the day.
As a team, the Panthers shot 20-of-55 from the floor (36 percent), 10-of-28 from beyond the arc (36 percent), and 14-of-23 from the free throw line (61 percent). Millsaps shot 33 percent from the floor, 17 percent from three, and 73 percent from the charity stripe. The Panthers out-rebounded the Majors 39, including 35 on the offensive/defensive end.
The Panthers will return to the hardwood next Friday when they travel down to Texas for their second West Division road trip. BSC will play Trinity University at 8:00 p.m. in San Antonio before heading over to Georgetown to face Southwestern on Sunday.