Panthers cruise to 85-63 road victory over Hendrix

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Fueled by a 65.9-percent shooting performance from the field, the Birmingham-Southern basketball team extended its winning streak to nine games with an 85-63 victory against Hendrix College, Sunday, in Grove Gymnasium.

The Panthers move to 14-1 overall and 8-1 in the SCAC; Hendrix falls to 5-12 overall and 1-8 in league play.

BSC dominated play for most of the game. With the exception of the first few minutes of play, during which Hendrix only led by two, once, the Panthers held the lead the entire time. BSC led 50-29 at the half, and maintained a double-digit lead for the entire second half as well. The Warriors cut it to 12, 63-51, at the 12:15 mark, but that was as close as they’d come before BSC came away with the 22-point win.

Kegarise shot 5-of-8 from the field (3-of-6 on three-pointers) to lead BSC with 14 points, followed by junior Jasen Jonus with 12 points and sophomore Blaise White with 11. Freshman Ricky Shemanski led with six rebounds and also added nine points, a career-high. White also led with an impressive seven assists and four steals.

Both teams shot well, with the Panthers going 29-of-44 (65.9 percent) overall and 6-of-15 (40 percent) from beyond the arc, and the Warriors going 21-of-39 (53.8 percent) overall and 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) on threes. BSC went 21-of-32 (65.6 percent) at the free throw line; Hendrix shot 14-of-26 (53.8 percent) at the charity stripe.

BSC out-rebounded Hendrix, 25-21, and committed half as many turnovers as the Warriors with only nine.

The Panthers are back at home next weekend, taking on Southwestern University, Friday, and Trinity University, Saturday, both at 8 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.