No. 12 Panthers hold off Colorado College for 10th straight win

No. 12 Panthers hold off Colorado College for 10th straight win

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The 12th-ranked Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team won its 10th straight game tonight with a 53-42 victory against Colorado College on the road.

The Panthers move to 17-1 overall and 9-1 in the SCAC; the Tigers fall to 8-9 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

BSC jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the game but CC stayed close on the Panthers' heels, tying it up 10-10 at the 9:33 mark and 21-21 with 1:17 left, but never pulling ahead. BSC led 23-21 at halftime.

The second half started out similarly, but the Panthers steadily increased their lead, going up by eight, 40-32, at the 11:37 mark, then 10, 44-34, with 7:12 left to play. BSC hit its largest lead, 11, twice in the last two-and-a-half minutes of play before coming away with a nine-point win.

Junior Zac Richards led all players with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, followed by sophomore Griffin Schamp with 10 points. Senior Caleb Lee led on the boards with 10 rebounds, and junior Blaise White led with three steals.

Rebounding was even at 36-36. The Panthers struggled offensively, shooting only 34 percent from the field and 15.4 percent from three-point range, but committed a season-low five turnovers to the Tigers' 13.

The Panthers stay on the road for their next game, taking on Hendrix College this Sunday at 1 p.m. in Conway, Ark.