White's 25 points propel BSC past Sewanee, 88-80

Blaise White (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Senior Blaise White led the way with a career-high 25 points to help the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team defeat Sewanee, 88-80, Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Tigers fall to 5-3 overall and 0-2 in the SAA.

The first half was close the whole way, with neither team leading by more than four, and the teams playing to five ties. Sewanee held a one-point 32-31 lead at halftime.

BSC opened the second half on a 10-0 tear and would never relinquish the lead, going up by 14, 55-41, by the 13:44 mark. Sewanee was able to cut it to eight, 60-52, with 9:33 left, but the Panthers kept scoring and led by as much as 15, 77-62, with 3:57 left in the game. The Tigers cut it to eight four more times, including at the final buzzer, but that was as close as they would come for the duration of the game.

White's 25 points led all players; he shot 6-12 from the field, including 4-9 from three-point range, and was 9-10 at the free throw line. Sophomore Larry Thomas also recorded 16 points, senior Zac Richards had 14, and senior Kevin Kegarise had 12. Richards also led with seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Valentino Bryant and Tyler Brown led Sewanee off the bench with 15 points apiece, followed by Lewis Affronti with 14 and Brett Bouldin with 13. Brown also led with eight rebounds.

The Panthers shot efficiently, hitting 19-37 (.514) overall, 10-22 (.455) from three-point range, and 40-50 (.800) at the free throw line. The Tigers hit 31-67 (.463) from the field, 5-25 (.200) from beyond the arc, and 13-21 (.619) from the line.

BSC out-rebounded Sewanee 35-30 but also doubled the Tigers' turnovers with 16.

The Panthers are at home again on Sunday, facing Centre College at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.