BSC moves to 5-0 with 65-57 win over DePauw

Box Score

The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team held off a late-game rally by DePauw University to pick up a road win, 65-57, Friday evening. The undefeated Panthers move to 5-0, while the Tigers fall to 4-2 in the SCAC openers for both teams.

Birmingham-Southern jumped out to a 15-7 lead in the first half, dominating the boards early. DePauw’s Ian Rumpp responded with back-to-back treys for his first collegiate points around the 11-minute mark, but the Panthers capitalized on turnovers and received strong contributions from its bench throughout the half.

Jasen Jonus led all scorers with seven points at halftime, as Birmingham-Southern expanded its margin to 31-21. The Panthers shot 44 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and connected on 4-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc.

In the second half, Birmingham-Southern expanded its lead to as many as 17 at 44-27 with 14:28 left. The Tigers battled to stay in the contest, and chipped away at the Panthers’ lead to trail by seven.

Birmingham-Southern extended its margin back out to double-digits in the following minutes until Rumpp and Tommy Weakley responded with a pair of treys on consecutive trips down the floor at the one-minute mark. DePauw forced a turnover, and Haseley was sent to the free throw line on the ensuing possession. Haseley hit both charity tosses, cutting the Panthers' lead to 59-55.

Another turnover gave possession back to DePauw, but the Tigers lost the ball out of bounds with 37 seconds to go. Birmingham-Southern converted a free throw with 34 seconds left to push the lead to 60-55 and the Tigers missed a three-pointer. The Panthers cashed in on four free throws from two DePauw bench technicals and added a fifth on a personal foul to make it 65-55 with just 12.9 seconds remaining. Kevin Kegarise and Hart Ahumada led Birmingham-Southern with 10 points each, while Mark Messenger collected six rebounds. As a team, the Panthers shot 45.7 percent from the field and were 6-for-16 from the three-point line.

Haseley paced DePauw with 14 points and six rebounds, and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Rumpp and Bergfeld also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively, and Ross Simpson tallied three assists.

The Panthers travel to face Centre College this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET in Danville, Ky.