January 13, 2012

No. 19 Panthers win sixth straight with 81-62 victory against Southwestern

GEORGETOWN, Texas—Led by junior Kevin Kegarise with 16 points, the No. 19 Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team won its sixth straight game with an 81-62 victory on the road against Southwestern University, Friday evening.

BSC moves to 13-1 overall and 5-1 in the SCAC, while the Pirates fall to 1-13 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

Southwestern surprised BSC by jumping out to a 10-0 lead to begin the game, but the Panthers responded with 11 straight points to go up 11-10. The game was close and back-and-forth after that, with the teams playing to six ties, including a 28-28 score at halftime.

The teams played to three more ties in the first eight minutes of the second half, with the last tie (43-43) coming at the 12:35 mark. The Pirates pulled ahead by two after that on a pair of free throws, and BSC responded with a three-pointer from Kegarise to take over the lead for good, 46-45, with 11:46 left to play.

BSC kept a modest lead for the next eight minutes, never leading by more than seven, and with SU cutting it to one, twice. With 4:13 left, the Panthers led 70-62 and proceeded to score 11 unanswered points to end the game, holding the Pirates scoreless during that time.

Kegarise led all players with 16 points, followed by senior Jasen Jonus with 14, senior Caleb Lee with 11, and sophomore Griffin Schamp with 10. Junior Zac Richards led with eight rebounds, and sophomore Jason Holland led with five assists and three steals.

The Panthers shot 55.3 percent (26-of-47) for the game, 45.8 percent (11-of-24) from three-point range, and 64.3 percent (18-of-28) from the free throw line. The Pirates did not fare as well, hitting 35.7 percent (20-of-56) overall, 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from beyond the arc, and 63 percent (17-of-27) at the line.

BSC out-rebounded SU 40-31, but also committed two more turnovers than the Pirates with 24.

The Panthers are back in action tomorrow at 8 p.m. CT, taking on Trinity University in San Antonio.