BSC wins Black Tie Tournament with 77-63 victory over Rust College

Berry vs. Ozarks | BSC vs. Rust

The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team defeated Rust College, 77-63, today in the championship game of the Black Tie Tournament, hosted by Birmingham-Southern in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Panthers move to 2-0 on the season with the win.

In the third-place game of the Black Tie Tournament, played prior to the championship game, Berry College defeated University of the Ozarks, 79-77.

Junior Jasen Jonus led the Panthers with a career-high 28 points, followed by sophomore Zac Richards with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds, and freshman Nick Murphy with 10 points as well.

Jonus sank the first basket of the game – a three-pointer – less than 30 seconds in, and the Panthers jumped out to a 10-4 lead within the first four minutes. The Panthers maintained a lead until the 12:22 mark when Rust tied things up, 18-18, and then took the lead, 20-18, on a layup by Sergio Catron. The Bearcats led until the 2:12 mark when a layup from Jonus gave BSC back the lead, 33-32. The Panthers stayed ahead and led 38-35 at the half.

Rust’s Jahrell Holmes came out in the second half and hit a three-pointer to tie things up, but Jonus answered with three straight three-pointers and then three made foul shots to put BSC up 50-38 with 14:53 on the clock.

Markeith Wilson hit two straight jumpers for Rust after that, cutting the lead to five, but a three from Murphy put the Panthers back up by eight, 53-45, with 13:25 left in the game. BSC would lead by at least seven for the remainder of the game, finally winning by 14, 77-63.

Jonus was 7-of-11 from three-point range en route to his career-high 28 points, while Richards was 4-of-5 from the field and Murphy was 4-of-8. BSC shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61) from the field, 29.6 percent (8-of-27) from three-point range, and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the charity stripe.

For Rust, Wilson led with 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting, and Marcus Erves led with 10 boards. The Bearcats shot 37.5 percent (24-of-64) overall, 21.7 percent (5-of-23) on threes, and 52.6 percent (10-of-19) at the line.

Rust out-rebounded BSC, 41-38, and turnovers were just about even as Rust committed 12 and BSC committed 11.

The Panthers are back on the court this Tuesday, traveling to face LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga., at 7 p.m. ET.