February 14, 2011

Price leads Panthers to 101-72 win against Atlanta Christian

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Senior Patrick Price scored a career-high 22 points and the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team hit 17 total three-pointers en route to a 101-72 home win against Atlanta Christian, Monday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

After dropping their last two games on the road, the Panthers move to 19-3 on the season with their 28th-straight home win, a streak dating back to the end of the 2008-09 season.

BSC opened the game by going up 14-2 and maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game. The Panthers led by 31 at the half, 53-22, and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time this season on a layup by junior Caleb Lee with 1:18 left on the clock.

Price led all players with his 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field (4-of-5 from three-point range). Sophomore Kevin Kegarise also recorded 15 points, hitting 5-of-10, all from beyond the arc, and junior Jasen Jonus posted 11 points. Freshman Ricky Shemanski led with seven rebounds, and senior Isiah Doaty led with three assists.

For AC, Jack Wilson and Jeremy Mahaffey led with 14 points each, followed by Gene Hardnett with 13 and Dwight Lawson with 11. Jamal Brunson led on the boards with eight rebounds, and Hardnett also led with four steals.

BSC shot 53.7 percent (36-of-67) from the field, 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from three-point range, and 66.7 percent (12-of-18) at the free throw line. The Chargers weren't as effective from the field, shooting 42.6 percent (26-of-61) overall and 16.7 percent (3-of-18) from three-point range, but hit 81 percent (17-of-21) from the free throw line.

The Panthers out-rebounded AC, 45-26, but also committed more turnovers, 13-11.

BSC is at home for the last two games of the season this weekend, hosting DePauw, Friday night at 8 p.m., and Centre, Sunday at 2 p.m. This weekend's game will determine the SCAC East Division title, and Sunday will also be Senior Day for Doaty, Price, Mark Messenger, and Phil Rodgers.