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Rhodes upends Panthers, 61-50

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Plagued by offensive woes, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team lost on the road to Rhodes College, Saturday, 61-50 in Memphis.

BSC falls to 18-3 overall and 12-2 in the SCAC, while Rhodes moves to 7-15 overall and 3-11 in the league.

The Panthers scored the first basket of the game – a layup by sophomore Zac Richards – which would prove to be their only lead of the game. A three-pointer by Andrew Galow gave the Lynx the lead after that, and they never looked back, proceeding to go up 11-2 and then led by 16, 33-17, at the half.

Rhodes kept the lead for the entire second half as well. The closest the Panthers came was cutting it to four, 47-43, with 6:13 left to play, but the Lynx managed to stay ahead for the eventual 11-point win.

Junior Jasen Jonus, the Panthers' leading scorer, was scoreless from the field, his seven points coming off free throws. He and freshman Griffin Schamp, who also had seven points, were the team's leading scorers, while Richards and senior Patrick Price led with four rebounds each.

BSC shot 17-of-51 (33.3 percent) from the field, 4-of-21 (19 percent) from beyond the arc, and 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) from the free throw line. Rhodes was better in every category, going 17-of-38 (44.7 percent) from the field, 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) from three-point range, and 22-of-28 (78.6 percent) from the line.

Rhodes also out-rebounded BSC, 31-20. The only category where the Panthers held an advantage was in turnovers, committing only five to the Lynx's 13.

BSC returns home this Monday for a Valentine's Day game against Atlanta Christian at 7 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.