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Hot-shooting Panthers roll past Covenant, 87-67

Hot-shooting Panthers roll past Covenant, 87-67

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Shooting over 62 percent from the field, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team moved to 4-0 with an 87-67 victory against Covenant College, Saturday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Scots fell to 1-2 on the season with the loss.

After an early 5-5 tie in the game, the Panthers broke it open with 17 straight points to pull ahead 22-5 by the 10:20 mark and never looked back. BSC led 44-20 at halftime, and then led by as much as 27 late in the second half before coming away with the 20-point win.

Senior Larry Thomas led the Panthers for the third straight game, scoring 26 points on 10-14 shooting, including 6-10 from three-point range. Junior Alex Avery added 12 points, going 3-5 from the field and 6-6 at the free throw line, and junior Ross Welch recorded 10 points. Sophomore point guard Ian Thom led with six rebounds and seven assists, and sophomore James McLean had three steals.

BSC shot a season-high 62.2 percent (28-45) from the field, including 54.2 percent (13-24) from three-point land. The Panthers were also effective at the line, hitting 85.7 percent (18-21). BSC out-rebounding the Scots 33-13 but also committed 26 turnovers to Covenant's 17.

BSC is on the road for its next nine games, and will not return home until Saturday, Jan. 17, to host conference rival Millsaps. Next on the schedule for the Panthers is a trip to Louisville, Ky., to face Spalding University this Wednesday, Nov. 26.