BSC mounts late-game comeback in 87-79 win over Oglethorpe

Box Score

With five Panthers scoring in double digits – including 21 points from junior Jasen Jonus – the Birmingham-Southern basketball team defeated Oglethorpe, 87-79, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.

BSC now stands at 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the SCAC, while OU falls to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in the conference. The Panthers have won 22 straight home games dating back to the end of the 2008-09 season.

The Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 lead to open the game, and led by as much as 11, 16-5, before Oglethorpe put together a 12-0 run to go up, 17-16, at the 9:22 mark. The Petrels held on to the lead for the rest of the first half, and led by three, 39-36, at the break after a three-pointer by Jonus at the buzzer.

BSC took back the lead two-and-a-half minutes into the second half, but the Petrels pulled back ahead at the 14:04 mark, 50-48, and led for the next nine minutes. With 6:20 remaining, OU led by five, 66-61, but the Panthers went on a 11-0 run to go up by six, 72-66, with 3:09 left in the game. BSC was able to hang onto the lead this time, and even led by as much as 11, 82-71, before coming away with the 87-79 win.

Jonus and OU’s Joe Kennedy each posted a game-high 21 points. For BSC, sophomore Blaise White had 14 points, sophomore Hart Ahumada had 13, and senior Patrick Price and sophomore Caleb Lee each had 10. Ahumada and sophomore Zac Richards led with five rebounds apiece, and White led with five assists and three steals.

OU’s Alec Pitts recorded 18 points, and Branden Jovaag had 11 points. Todd Ward led with seven rebounds and Alex Richey led with three assists.

Both teams shot well, with BSC going 31-of-58 (53.4 percent) from the field, 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) from three-point range, and 15-of-20 (75 percent) from the free throw line. Oglethorpe was 24-of-44 (54.5 percent) overall, 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) on three-pointers, and 21-of-28 (75 percent) at the line.

Rebounds were even at 27 for each team, but BSC committed 13 turnovers, six less than the Petrels.

The Panthers are at home again next weekend for more conference action, taking on Rhodes College on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.