No. 19 Panthers remain unbeaten with 93-75 win against Huntingdon

Blaise White

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The No. 19 Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team moved to 5-0 on the season tonight with a 93-75 win against Huntingdon at home in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Panthers have now won 34 straight home games.

The Hawks fell to 0-5 with the loss.

In the first five minutes of the game, the lead changed hands six times, with the two teams tying it up three times in that period. Huntingdon took over the lead at the 14:30 mark and led until the 10:36 mark when a made basket and free throw by senior Blaise White put the Panthers up 23-22. BSC led for the next four minutes before the Hawks took the lead again with 6:40 left in the half in the midst of a 12-1 run to go up 35-28. The Panthers answered with seven straight points to tie it up, 35-35, with 4:14 left, and Huntingdon took the lead back with a three-pointer by Ryan Petty. But the Panthers clawed their way back, putting together a 13-0 run over the next two-and-a-half minutes to go up by 10, 48-38, at the 1:06 mark. The Hawks made two baskets before the buzzer to cut it back to six, 48-42, at halftime.

In the second half, BSC dominated play, opening with a three-pointer from junior Kevin Kegarise and maintaining the lead for the duration of the game. BSC  led by as much as 24, 90-66, and out-scored Huntingdon 45-33 in the second half of play before eventually winning by 18.

Kegarise led all players with 22 points, followed by junior Zac Richards with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and a game-high eight rebounds. Junior Blaise White was also impressive with 10 assists and three steals. Senior Jasen Jonus added 14 points and senior Caleb Lee scored 12.

For Huntingdon, Jason Varney led with 16 points followed closely by Ryan Petty with 15. Kanden Blackmon led with six rebounds, and Willie McDowell had three blocks.

Shooting from the field was nearly even percentage-wise, with BSC hitting 47.3 percent (35-of-74) and Huntingdon hitting 47.6 percent (30-of-63). The Panthers were more effective from beyond the arc, however, shooting 46.4 percent (13-of-28) while the Hawks hit 31.8 percent (7-of-22). BSC was 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) from the free throw line, while Huntingdon was 8-of-16 (50 percent).

Rebounding was also nearly even with the Hawks pulling down 40 caroms and BSC recording 39, but the Panthers only turned the ball over eight times while the Hawks committed 17 turnovers.

The Panthers open Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play this weekend in Atlanta, taking on Oglethorpe University on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.