Panthers win big at home against Southwestern, 94-58

Box Score

The Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball team rolled to yet another win on Friday evening with a 94-58 victory against Southwestern University in Bill Battle Coliseum.

BSC moves to 15-1 overall and 9-1 in the SCAC with its 10th straight win, while Southwestern falls to 4-15 overall and 9-1 in conference play. The Panthers have also now won 26 straight home games, a streak dating back to the end of the 2008-09 season.

Both teams came out slow offensively with the score being tied 14-14 with 11:59 left to play in the first half. A three-pointer by junior Jasen Jonus gave the Panthers the lead at 17-14, beginning an impressive scoring run that would ultimately bring BSC the victory. BSC stretched their lead to 24 by the end of the first period, 47-23, with Jonus’ sixth three pointer of the half.

Birmingham-Southern continued to outscore Southwestern in the second half, reaching their largest lead of the game (38) in the final minute for a final score of 94-58.

Jonus, who only played four minutes in the second half after scoring all his points in the first half, led BSC with 18 points, followed closely by senior Patrick Price with 16 points. Freshman Ricky Shemanski led with seven rebounds, followed by senior Mark Messenger with six. Freshman Jason Holland led the Panthers with six assists.

BSC out-shot Southwestern in every category, hitting 58.9 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from beyond the arc (including making an impressive 20 three-pointers), while Southwestern shot 45.6 percent from the field and only 20 percent from long-range. The Panthers were also more successful at the free throw line, hitting 80.8 percent to Southwestern’s 30 percent.

BSC out-rebounded the Pirates, 37-24, but had more turnovers (BSC had 16; Southwestern had 14).

The Panthers are at home again tomorrow night, facing Trinity University at 8 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.