DANVILLE, Ky. – Senior Zac Richards recorded his sixth double-double of the season to lead No. 3 seed Birmingham-Southern to a 71-59 win over No. 6 seed Hendrix College (8-18) in the quarterfinals of the Southern Athletic Association Men's Basketball tournament on Friday.
Richards , who led four Panthers in double figures, scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Hoover, Ala., native made 8–of-14 shots and went 6-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Kevin Kagarise had 12 points, going 4-of-7 from 3-point range while Blaise White also had 12 points. Griffin Schamp added 11 points and four rebounds. Leading scorer Larry Thomas was held to six points but cleaned the glass for nine rebounds and had three assists.
The Panthers improved to 19-7 overall, advancing to SAA semifinals against No. 7 Millsaps on Saturday at 8 p.m. Millsaps upset No. 2 seed Rhodes College, 62-58. No. 1 Centre will battle No. 5 Oglethorpe in the first semifinal at 6 p.m.
Holding an early 5-2 lead, BSC used a 10-2 run to build a 15-4 lead following a Schylar Freeman dunk with 13:07 left in the first half.
Jason Holland's layup with just over ten minutes remaining gave BSC a 20-9 advantage before Hendrix cut the lead to 25-21 on a Luke Vance basket with 3:20 left.
A Richards' free throw with 18 seconds to go gave BSC a 29-23.
BSC shot 40 percent in the first half but would make 14-of-28 shots in the second half for 50 percent while going 6-of-13 for 46 percent in the second half.
Kagarise dialed up consecutive 3-pointers on the end of an 11-2 run to give BSC a 42-29 lead at the 16:38 mark of the second half.
Hendrix did cut the lead down to 53-46 on a Colton Prim tip-in of a missed shot with 6:24 to play but that was as close as the Warriors could get the rest of the way.
Blaise White connected on a 3-pointer during a 10-3 run to give the Panthers a 53-49 lead as BSC kept the lead at 10 points or more over the final 2:52 of the contest.
Jaren Riley led the Warriors with 13 points followed by Prim with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Vance added 11 points and seven rebounds while Andy Gram had eight points and five rebounds.