BSC extends winning streak to six games with 81-68 victory over Austin College

Box Score

With its sixth straight win this season and 24th straight home win, the Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball team defeated Austin College, 81-68, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 11-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference, while the Kangaroos fall to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in the SCAC.

Austin led for the first six minutes of the game before a layup by freshman Ricky Shemanski at the 13:53 mark gave the Panthers a 12-11 lead. The ‘Roos quickly went back ahead, though, on a layup by Scott Straley, and led until the 7:36 mark when a layup by senior Mark Messenger tied things up, 24-24. The teams traded baskets after that point, going neck-and-neck for the rest of the half with the Panthers ending up with a two-point 36-34 lead at the buzzer.

AC’s Walter Phillips came out in the second half and scored an immediate layup, tying things up 36-36, but a three-pointer from sophomore Kevin Kegarise put BSC back up by two, and they kept the small lead until the 9:07 mark when a three-pointer from Jordan Hancock put the ‘Roos up 51-50. Kegarise answered with another three to put BSC back in the lead, sparking a 14-0 run to put the Panthers up 64-51 with 6:21 left in the game. BSC stayed up by double digits for the remainder of the game before clinching the 13-point win.

Junior Jasen Jonus led BSC with 16 points, followed by Kegarise with 15 and freshman Griffin Schamp with a career-high 12 points. Messenger also posted 11 points, and he, Schamp, and Jonus all led the team with five rebounds apiece.

Hancock led AC with 16 points, while Josh Saunders scored 15 and posted a game-high three blocks. Phillips had 10 points, and Straley led with eight rebounds.

Austin out-shot BSC from the field, hitting 47.4 percent (27-of-57) to BSC’s 44.8 percent (26-of-58) showing. The ‘Roos also shot 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from three-point range, while the Panthers hit 33.3 percent (10-of-30) from beyond the arc. BSC did hold the advantage at the free throw line, though, shooting 79.2 percent (19-of-24) to AC’s 69.2 percent (9-of-13) performance.

The Panthers out-rebounded the ‘Roos, 36-32, while turning the ball over 10 times to Austin’s 14 turnovers.

BSC is at home again this Sunday, Jan. 16, taking on Colorado College at 2 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.