Centre hands BSC first loss, 62-45

Box Score

Plagued by offensive struggles for much of the game, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team picked up its first loss of the season, Sunday afternoon, falling to Centre College on the road, 62-45. The Panthers fall to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the SCAC.

After leading for the first eight minutes of the game, BSC went cold from the floor and the Colonels used a 17-6 run to go up 26-16 by the 2:57 mark of the first half. BSC was able to cut it to five courtesy of a jumper from sophomore Kevin Kegarise and a three-pointer from junior Jasen Jonus, but the Colonels made a bucket with 21 seconds left to go back up by seven, 28-21, and would take the lead into the halftime break.

Centre maintained their lead for the remainder of the game, with BSC only able to cut it to five, three times, before the Colonels put the game out of reach down the stretch with a 14-2 run, eventually winning by 17.

Jonus led the Panthers with 13 points, while Kegarise chipped in 10. Freshman Griffin Schamp led with five rebounds.

The Panthers shot 26.9 percent (7-of-26) in both the first and second half, and shot 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from three-point range. The only bright spot was at the free throw line, where BSC was 13-of-15 (86.7 percent).

Centre out-rebounded BSC 34-30, and both teams turned it over 10 times.

BSC takes a break for final exams before returning home to host the BSC Holiday Classic, Dec. 17 and 18, taking on Covenant College on the 17th at 7 p.m., and Huntingdon College on the 18th at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.