BSC holds off Covenant College, 69-60, in Holiday Classic

Methodist vs. Huntingdon | BSC vs. Covenant

Fueled by junior Jasen Jonus’ 19 points, the Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball team defeated Covenant College, 69-60, in game two of the BSC Holiday Classic, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

Jonus scored 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting, all from three-point range. Junior Caleb Lee also had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while sophomore Blaise White led with five rebounds and six assists.

Jonus hit BSC’s first four buckets of the game, all in the first two-and-a-half minutes of play, putting the Panthers up 12-4. BSC would never trail, although the Scots cut it to four at the 6:14 mark, and led 35-29 at the half.

Covenant was able to cut the lead to three, twice in the first six minutes of the second half, but the Panthers stayed one step ahead, and slowly expanded the lead out to as much as 19, 61-42, with 7:57 remaining. BSC led 69-54 with 2:11 left, but the Scots scored the last six points of the game to cut it to nine before the Panthers came away with the victory.

Kacey Chambers led Covenant with 17 points, followed by Callum Sears with 11 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Chase Foster led with four assists.

BSC shot an even 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field, including 40 percent (10-of-25) from three-point range and 58.3 percent (7-of-12) at the free throw line. Covenant was 48.8 percent (21-of-43) overall, 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from beyond the arc, and 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from the line.

The Scots out-rebounded the Panthers, 31-27, but committed more turnovers with 18 to BSC’s 14.

In the first game of the Classic, earlier this evening in Bill Battle, Huntingdon College defeated Methodist University, 88-80. Ephriam Hudson led the Hawks with 28 points, followed by Adrian Williams with 18, Jack Montgomery with 16, and D'Awvalo Turnipseed with 12. James Daniels led with nine rebounds, and Turnipseed also led with four assists. For Methodist, Bryan Hockaday led with 19 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Josh Hayes with 15 and Tanner Carnes with 10. Mark Jernigan led with five assists.

Action in the Classic continues tomorrow as Covenant and Methodist face off at 1 p.m., and BSC takes on in-state rival Huntingdon at 3 p.m.