Hot-shooting Lynx down Panthers, 81-70

Griffin Schamp (photo by Larry Radloff,
Griffin Schamp (photo by Larry Radloff,

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team lost to Rhodes College, who shot nearly 60 percent from the field, Sunday afternoon, 81-70 in Memphis.

The Panthers fall to 12-8 overall and 6-4 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Lynx move to 13-8 and also 6-4 in conference play.

Four Panthers scored in double figures, led by senior Griffin Schamp with 22 points on 7-10 shooting. He and junior Larry Thomas led the team with six rebounds apiece. Thomas recorded 19 points, sophomore Ross Welch had 13, and senior Jason Holland had 10.

Rhodes never trailed in the game, steadily expanding its lead in the first half out to as much as 12, 27-15, at the 5:55 mark before leading 32-26 at halftime. The Lynx scored six straight points to open the second half, but BSC stayed on their heels, battling back to cut the lead to two, 52-50, at the 10:17 mark. Rhodes kept shooting and kept scoring, though, using a 68 percent second-half showing to pull back ahead and win by 11, 81-70.

Rhodes' Drew Miller led all players with 30 points on 10-14 shooting, while two other Lynx players added 10 points and Johnny Dunavant led on the boards with five rebounds.

The Lynx shot 58 percent (29-50) from the field, hitting 38.5 percent (5-13) from three-point range, while BSC shot 42.2 percent (19-45) overall and 33.3 percent (7-21) from beyond the arc.

The Panthers also pulled down a season-low 20 rebounds and got out-rebounded 28-20, tying the largest rebounding margin of the season. Turnovers were even at 14 for each team.

BSC returns home next weekend, hosting conference leader Centre on Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m., and Sewanee on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.