Panthers hold off Oglethorpe for 13th straight win

Box Score

The Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball team survived a late-game rally by Oglethorpe today to preserve its 13-game win streak with a 79-77 victory in Atlanta.

BSC moves to 18-1 overall and 12-1 in the SCAC, while OU falls to 13-9 overall and 9-4 in league action.

The Panthers scored the first basket of the game and led for nearly the entire first half, with the exception of a 37-37 tie at the 2:25 mark, and led 44-40 at halftime.

Oglethorpe took its first lead of the game at the 16:16 mark of the second half, 48-46, but two quick buckets from sophomore Zac Richards put the Panthers back on top. BSC went up by as much as nine, three times, but the Stormy Petrels clawed back and tied things up 75-75 with 54 seconds left on the clock.

Freshman Griffin Schamp went to the free throw line after that and hit one of his two to put the Panthers back up by one, but OU’s Todd Ward hit a jumper with eight seconds left to put the Petrels up by one, 77-76. After that, OU fouled senior Phil Rodgers on a shot, sending him to the free throw line with six seconds left. The Petrels called a time out before Rodgers went to the line, where he hit one of two to tie things up, 77-77.

BSC got the rebound off the missed free throw shot, and proceeded to call two time outs in a row. Coming out of the time out, Schamp drove to the lane and made a layup to put the Panthers up 79-77 with three seconds left. BSC called its final time out immediately, and OU was unable to get off a shot before time expired.

Junior Jasen Jonus led the Panthers with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while Schamp added 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Jonus also led with five rebounds, and sophomore Blaise White led with four assists.

The Panthers shot well for the game, hitting 57.7 percent from the field and 38.1 percent on three-pointers. The Petrels shot 38.9 percent overall and 36 percent from beyond the arc. BSC struggled at the free throw line, hitting 11-of-20; OU hit 26-of-36.

The Petrels out-rebounded BSC, 37-30, and the Panthers committed 11 turnovers to Oglethorpe’s nine.

BSC steps out of conference for a road game against in-state rival Huntingdon this Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Montgomery.