Panthers cruise past Hendrix, 78-60

Zac Richards (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Zac Richards (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

CONWAY, Ark.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team won its sixth straight game Friday evening, defeating Hendrix College on the road, 78-60.

BSC moves to 12-3 overall and 5-0 in the Southern Athletic Association, while Hendrix falls to 5-11, 0-5 in the SAA.

The Panthers scored the first basket of the game and would trail only once, 18-17, at the 10:37 mark, a lead that wouldn't last long as BSC proceeded to score seven straight points to go up 24-18. With 2:50 left in the half, the Panthers led 33-28, and ended the half on a seven-point run to lead 40-28.

BSC steadily built up its lead through the second half, going up 67-44 at the 8:11 mark and 74-51 at the 4:58 mark for the largest leads of the game.

Sophomore Larry Thomas led all players with 21 points for the Panthers, followed by senior Zac Richards with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Seniors Blaise White and Kevin Kegarise led with three assists apiece, and White led with three steals.

The Panthers shot 50 percent for the game, hitting 28-56, and were 5-14 (.357) from beyond the arc and 17-24 (.708) from the free throw line. The Warriors shot 22-50 (.440) overall, 6-17 (.353) from three-point range, and 10-15 (.667) at the stripe.

Hendrix out-rebounded BSC 33-30 but committed more than twice as many turnovers with 23 to the Panthers' 11.

BSC stays on the road to face Rhodes on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Memphis. The two teams are currently tied atop the SAA standings at 5-0 each.