NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—The No. 12 Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team rebounded from two straight losses with a 65-57 win over Wesley College, Sunday afternoon, taking third place in the Point Plaza Invitational, hosted by Christopher Newport University.
The Panthers move to 3-2, while the Wolverines fall to the same 3-2 mark.
BSC jumped out to a 9-0 lead to open the game and would never trail. The Panthers led by as much as 14 several times, with the Wolverines coming only as close as seven, 31-24, with 2:35 left in the half before BSC sophomore Larry Thomas sunk a three-pointer with 28 seconds remaining to put the Panthers up by 10 at the half.
Wesley made things more interesting in the second half, cutting the lead to five, 36-31, in the first four minutes, and then cutting it to two, 39-37, by the 14:46 mark. The Panthers stayed just ahead of the Wolverines, although Wesley cut the lead to two, twice more, but that was as close as it would be for the duration. BSC hung onto a modest lead for the remainder of the game, eventually winning by eight, thanks in large part to perfect 8-8 free throw shooting down the stretch as seniors Blaise White and Kevin Kegarise were both 4-4 at the stripe.
Kegarise and senior Zac Richards led BSC with 15 points apiece. Kegarise was named to the All-Tournament Team after leading the team with 21 points yesterday against John Carroll University. Thomas recorded 10 points, and White led with eight boards. Juniors Colin Henry and Jason Holland led with four assists apiece.
Paul Reynolds led Wesley with 19 points and seven rebounds, and was the only Wolverine to score in double figures.
Rebounding was even at 31 for each team, but BSC turned the ball over 16 times, five more than Wesley.
The Panthers out-shot the Wolverines in every category, going 22-43 (.512) from the field, 8-20 (.400) from three-point range, and 13-17 (.765) from the free throw line. Wesley shot 22-58 (.379) overall, 4-20 (.200) from beyond the arc, and 9-15 (.600) at the line.
BSC is on the road again this Wednesday, Nov. 28, traveling to Atlanta to face Emory at 7 p.m. Eastern. The Panthers' next home game is Monday, Dec. 17, against Rust College at 7 p.m. Central in Bill Battle Coliseum.