NEW ORLEANS, La.—The No. 22 Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team held on for a close win over Clark University, 58-57, in the Big Easy Challenge Friday evening at the Alario Center in New Orleans.
BSC moves to 10-1 on the season with its third straight win, while the Cougars fall to 7-5.
Clark held the Panthers to a season-low in points, but BSC was still effective, shooting 47.9 percent (23-of-48) from the field.
The game was close, with neither team leading by more than seven in the first half and playing to a 33-33 tie at halftime, which was the sixth tie of the game.
In the second half, neither team led by more than five and the teams played to three more ties.
Junior Zac Richards led all players with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Senior Caleb Lee and junior Kevin Kegarise also scored 11 points each, and sophomore Griffin Schamp led with five rebounds. Senior Jasen Jonus led with seven assists.
Rebounds were almost even as BSC pulled down 34 and Clark had 33, as were turnovers, with the Panthers committing 14 and the Cougars committing 13.
BSC returns home next weekend to resume Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action, facing Millsaps on Friday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m., and Rhodes on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m.