Panthers win 20th straight home game with 92-85 win over Huntingdon

Methodist vs. Covenant | BSC vs. Huntingdon

The Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball team defeated Huntingdon today, 92-85, in the final game of the BSC Holiday Classic to win its 20th straight home game and move to 7-1 on the season. Huntingdon falls to 4-6 with the loss.

Senior Patrick Price led the way for the Panthers with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while sophomore Blaise White and junior Jasen Jonus chipped in 14 and 13 points, respectively. Sophomore Zac Richards led on the boards with 10 rebounds, and Price and senior Mark Messenger led with three assists and two steals apiece.

Play was back-and-forth in the opening minutes of the game before BSC took over the lead for good at the 10:23 mark on a pair of free throws by freshman Colin Henry. The Panthers went up by six after that, but the Hawks cut it to one, 26-25. BSC kept shooting, though, and quickly went back up by seven, 34-27, with 6:07 left in the half.

Huntingdon hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to four, 34-30, after which BSC used a 10-1 run to go up by 13, 44-31, with 30 seconds left. The Hawks were able to hit a layup before the buzzer, and the Panthers led by 11 at the half.

BSC maintained a double-digit lead for much of the second half, but Huntingdon was able to chip the lead down to six several times down the stretch, but that was as close as they would come as the Panthers won by seven, 92-85.

Deshaun Williams led Huntingdon with 20 points, followed by Ephriam Hudson with 18, Jack Montgomery with 12, and D’Awvalo Turnipseed with 11. Williams and Montgomery led with four rebounds apiece, Turnipseed led with three assists, and Adrian Williams led with four steals.

The Panthers shot well, going 29-of-48 (60.4 percent) from the field, 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from three-point range, and 26-of-34 (76.5 percent) at the free throw line. The Hawks struggled a bit offensively, going 27-of-60 (45 percent) from the field, 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from beyond the arc, and 21-of-25 (84 percent) at the stripe.

BSC out-rebounded Huntingdon, 35-25, but committed 24 turnovers to the Hawks’ 15.

Prior to BSC's game today, Methodist University defeated Covenant College, 87-64. Tanner Carnes led Methodist with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Josh Hayes led with five assists. Mark Jernigan and Steven Kerr were also in double digits with 12 and 11 points each. For Covenant, Kacey Chambers led with 12 points, and Callum Sears had 10. Stephen Johnson led with four rebounds, and Dominique McGaughey led with four assists.

The Panthers take a break for the holidays and return to action at home on New Year’s Eve, taking on conference rival Sewanee at 5 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.