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January 8, 2012

No. 22 BSC keeps home streak alive with 70-48 win against Rhodes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The 22nd-ranked Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team won its 37th-straight home game with a 70-48 victory against Rhodes College, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 12-1 overall and 4-1 in the SCAC, while Rhodes falls to 9-5 and 4-1. BSC now leads the SCAC East Division standings.

BSC came out strong to start the game, scoring 20 points in the first six minutes and leading 20-4 at the 14:01 mark. But the Panthers went cold after that, not scoring again until the 9:19 mark on a single free throw by junior Zac Richards. The next non-free throw bucket for BSC did not come until the 4:12 mark with a layup by senior Caleb Lee.

The Lynx were able to cut it to nine, 23-14, with 5:29 left in the half, but that was the closest they would come, as BSC scored 10 straight unanswered points to end the period, leading 33-14 at halftime.

The Panthers kept a large lead for the duration of the game, going up by as much as 30 with 3:05 left to play before eventually winning by 22.

Richards led BSC with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, followed by junior Blaise White with 11 points and senior Jasen Jonus with 10. Lee led on the boards with six rebounds, and White led with four assists and four steals.

The Panthers shot 46 percent (23-of-50) for the game, including a 51.9 percent performance in the second half. BSC hit 26.1 percent (6-of-23) from three-point range and 85.7 percent (18-of-21) from the free throw line.

Rhodes shot 37.5 percent (18-of-48) overall, 28.6 percent (6-of-21) from beyond the arc, and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the line.

BSC out-rebounded Rhodes 30-28 while committing only 10 turnovers to the Lynx's 19.

The Panthers are on the road next weekend for more conference play, traveling west to Texas to face Southwestern, Friday in Georgetown and Trinity, Saturday, in San Antonio.