Richards scores career-high 27 points to lead No. 14 Panthers past Dallas, 100-78

Zac Richards
Zac Richards

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Junior Zac Richards shot 10-of-12 and scored a career-high 27 points to lead the 14th-ranked Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team to a 100-78 victory over University of Dallas, Saturday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

BSC moves to 16-1 overall and 8-1 in the SCAC to lead the East Division. The Panthers are also riding a nine-game winning streak and a 39-game home winning streak. Dallas falls to 4-14 overall and 2-7 in the league.

Although the Panthers never trailed in the game, the Crusaders made things interesting in the first half, never allowing BSC to lead by more than eight until the last minute, and tying things up four times. The Panthers led 54-44 at halftime.

The Panthers kept a comfortable lead to open the second half, and expanded out to a 17-point 73-56 lead by the 12:31 mark. BSC hit the 20-point threshold at the 7:29 mark on a Richards lay-up, and led by as much as 25 points, 92-67, with 4:35 left to play.

Richards led all players with his 27 points, as well as five Panthers in double figures. Junior Kevin Kegarise added 13 points, freshman Larry Thomas scored 12, sophomore Nick Murphy posted 11, and senior Jasen Jonus and sophomore Colin Henry recorded 10 points each.

Jonus led with six rebounds, and Kegarise led with five assists. Junior Blaise White had four steals.

BSC shot well, especially in the first half, hitting 19-of-31 (.613). For the game the Panthers were 36-of-62 (.581) overall, 12-of-23 (.522) from three-point range, and 16-of-23 (.696) from the line.

Braeton Hightower led Dallas with 25 points, followed by Tanner Bruffey with 18 and Joe Stephens with 15. Stephens also led with six rebounds, and Aaron Wyatt led with four assists and three steals.

The Crusaders shot 63 percent (17-of-27) in the first half and ended up shooting 29-of-62 (.468) for the game from the field. They were 12-of-23 (.522) from long range and 8-of-9 (.889) from the line.

Dallas had one more rebound than BSC with 32, and also turned it over 19 times, nine more than the Panthers who had 10.

The Panthers are on the road for the next two weeks, traveling next weekend to face Colorado College, Friday, in Colorado Springs, and Hendrix College, Sunday, in Conway, Ark.