Panthers stay undefeated with 63-59 win over New Orleans

Box Score

The Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball team moved to 4-0 on the season today with a 63-59 win against University of New Orleans at home in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Privateers, who are in transition from Division I to Division III, drop to 3-2 with the loss.

Sophomore Kevin Kegarise came off the bench to lead the Panthers with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, followed by sophomore Blaise White with 14 points (4-of-6) and a team-high six rebounds, and junior Jasen Jonus with 13 points.

UNO jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the game and led 10-5 at the 14:30 mark, after which BSC proceeded to go on a 12-0 run. A Kegarise layup at the 12:49 mark tied it up, 10-10, and a Kegarise three-pointer followed that up 25 seconds later to give BSC its first lead of the game.

The Panthers held the Privateers scoreless for nearly eight clock minutes, with UNO breaking the drought on a pair of free throws by Jaroslav Tyrna at the 6:48 mark to bring the score to 17-12 in favor of BSC.

BSC stayed ahead for the remainder of the half and led 27-21 at the break.

The Panthers came out shooting in the second half, out-scoring the Privateers 14-4 in the opening six minutes and achieving their largest lead of the game, 43-25, at the 14:01 mark.

With BSC leading by 16, 47-31, with 10:37 remaining, UNO put together a run of its own, out-scoring the Panthers 16-2 to cut it to 49-47 with 7:04 left to play. A layup by freshman Ricky Shemanski and another three-pointer by Kegarise put the Panthers back up by seven, but the Privateers stayed close on the their heels down the stretch.

UNO cut it back down to three, 62-59, with 12 seconds left, but a made free throw by White with 8 seconds left made it a two-possession game. UNO missed a three-pointer with two seconds left and BSC picked up the four-point win.

BSC shot 37.5 percent (18-of-48) from the field, 37 percent (10-of-27) from three-point range, and 68 percent (17-of-25) at the free throw line. UNO shot 37.3 percent (19-of-51) overall, 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from beyond the arc, and 85.7 percent (18-of-21) at the line.

Tyson Roach led the Privateers with 17 points, followed by Zach Kinsley with 15 and Antonio Wertz with 10. Wertz, Brandon Canady, and Ryan Kinsley led with six rebounds apiece.

The Panthers open Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play next weekend on the road, traveling to take on DePauw University, Friday, Dec. 3, and Centre College, Sunday, Dec. 5.