BSC keeps home win streak alive with 85-61 win over Sewanee

Box Score

Led by sophomores Kevin Kegarise and Zac Richards with 16 and 14 points, respectively, the Birmingham-Southern basketball team picked up its 21st straight home victory with an 85-61 win over Sewanee, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the SCAC, while the Tigers fall to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Play was back-and-forth in the opening minutes of the game, as the teams traded baskets before BSC took over the lead at the 14:05 mark on a three-pointer from Kegarise and would never trail again. Sewanee was able to tie it up twice in the remainder of the half, but never pulled ahead, and the Panthers led by seven, 40-33, at halftime.

BSC pulled out to a double-digit lead early in the second half and never looked back, eventually winning by 24.

Kegarise was 5-of-8 from the field, including 5-of-6 from three-point range, and Richards was 7-of-10 from the field. Senior Mark Messenger led with four rebounds and two blocks. As a team, the Panthers shot an impressive 60.4 percent (32-of-53), 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from beyond the arc, and 76.5 percent (13-of-17) at the free throw line.

Anvil Nelson and Trent Williams led Sewanee with 12 points and five rebounds each, followed by Valentino Bryant with 11 points. The Tigers shot 48.9 percent (22-of-45) from the field, 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from three, and 73.3 percent (11-of-15) at the charity stripe.

BSC out-rebounded Sewanee, 31-18, while committing only six turnovers to the Tigers’ 11.

The Panthers are back in action at home this Sunday, taking on Oglethorpe at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.