BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Junior Ross Welch earned the first Southern Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Week award, the league office announced today.
Welch, a guard from Nashville, Tenn., helped BSC open its season with two wins this past weekend in the Black Tie Classic. On Saturday against Rust College, he scored the Panthers' first 14 points of the contest, and ended up with a career-high 26 points, shooting 9-of-13 from the field including a 7-of-10 showing from beyond the arc. Then on Sunday against LaGrange, Welch had 16 points on 5-10 shooting, going 3-7 from three-point range and 3-3 at the free throw line. For the two games, he had 42 points (21.0 per game) and shot 14-of-23 (.609) overall, 10-of-17 (.588) on three-pointers, and 4-of-6 (.667) at the line.
The Panthers are at home again this Thursday, Nov. 20, hosting in-state rival Huntingdon at 7 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum. The team is hosting an autism awareness event during the game, selling t-shirts and collecting donations to benefit the Autism Society of Alabama. The BSC women will also face Huntingdon prior to the men's game, tipping off at 5 p.m.