BSC rallies to defeat Trinity, 82-73, for 11th straight win

Box Score

After trailing 20-4 after the first six minutes of play, the Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball team rallied to defeat Trinity University, 82-73, Saturday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers have now won 11 straight games, moving to 16-1 overall and 10-1 in the SCAC; BSC is also riding a 27-game home win streak. The Tigers fall to 9-10 overall and 6-5 in the SCAC.

Trinity came out to open the game and went up 15-2 and then 20-4 at the 14:11 mark for its largest lead of the game. The Panthers came alive after that, putting together a 19-2 run to take over the lead, 23-22, at the 9:49 mark. BSC was able to go up by as much as six, twice, in the first half before taking a one-point 39-38 lead into the halftime break.

Both teams came out cold in the second half, with neither team scoring until the 17:23 mark when a three-pointer by Trinity’s Robert Kitzinger gave the Tigers back the lead, 41-39. BSC sophomore Zac Richards immediately responded with a layup to tie it up, and a three-pointer from senior Isiah Doaty with 15:59 on the clock gave the Panthers the lead for good.

The Tigers stayed on BSC’s heels over the next few minutes of play, but the Panthers were able to pull ahead by 11, 63-52, with 7:09 left on the clock. After that, the closest Trinity would come was cutting it to five, 77-72, at the 1:47 mark, but the Panthers out-scored the Tigers 5-1 in the closing minute for the nine-point win.

Richards led BSC with 13 points, and was perfect both from the field (4-of-4) and the free throw line (5-of-5), followed by senior Patrick Price with 11 and sophomore Blaise White and freshman Jason Holland with 10 points each. Senior Mark Messenger led on the boards with seven rebounds, while Price and Doaty led with three assists apiece.

Kitzinger led all players with 25 points, followed by Heath Hopson with 14 points off the bench. Hopson also led Trinity with five rebounds.

After missing their first four shots of the game, the Panthers ended up shooting 55.3 percent overall, 44.4 percent from three-point range, and 73.3 percent at the free throw line. Trinity shot 42.9 percent overall, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 94.1 percent at the stripe.

The Panthers out-rebounded the Tigers, 29-26, but committed more turnovers with 16 to Trinity’s 12.

BSC goes on the road for its next four games, traveling to face Sewanee and Oglethorpe next weekend, then taking on in-state non-conference rival Huntingdon College on Feb. 9 before traveling to face Rhodes on Feb. 12. The Panthers are at home on Valentine’s Day, taking on Atlanta Christian College at 7 p.m. before the final home stand of the year the weekend of Feb. 18 and 20.