Panthers win fifth straight with 93-56 victory over Millsaps

Schylar Freeman (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Schylar Freeman (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Led by junior Schylar Freeman with a career-high 16 points, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team won its fifth straight game on Saturday, defeating Millsaps 93-56 to move to 4-0 in the Southern Athletic Association.

BSC now stands at 11-3 overall and 4-0 in the SAA, while the Majors fall to 3-12 overall and 1-3 in the league.

Millsaps scored the first bucket of the game but the Majors' lead was short-lived, as BSC proceeded to score 14 unanswered points to go up 14-2 and never looked back. The closest that Millsaps would come after that point was cutting it to 10, 28-18, at the 6:41 mark, after which the Panthers used an 18-3 run to lead 46-21 at the half.

BSC kept a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. With 5:22 left, the Panthers led 80-53, and ended the game with a 13-3 run for the 93-56 win.

Freeman's career-high 16 points (on 7-14 shooting) led all players, followed by sophomore Larry Thomas with 13 points on 5-6 shooting, junior Griffin Schamp with 11 points on a perfect 4-4 showing from the field, and sophomore transfer (Liberty University) Kelly Assinesi with 10 points on 3-6 shooting. Freeman also led on the boards with nine rebounds. Senior Blaise White led with four assists.

For the Majors, Kevin Wilson led with 14 points, followed by Murray Kasmer and Nick Cortese with 12 points each. Tully Gilligan led with nine boards.

BSC out-shot Millsaps in every category, going 32-57 (.561) overall, 12-24 (.500) from three-point range, and 17-27 (.630) from the free throw line. The Majors shot 22-55 (.400) from the field, 5-16 (.313) from beyond the arc, and 7-16 (.438) at the line.

Millsaps pulled down three more rebounds than BSC with 37 but also committed more than twice the number of turnovers with 21 to the Panthers' 10.

BSC goes on the road for its next two games, traveling to face Hendrix and Rhodes next Friday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 20.