No. 12 BSC defeats Hendrix on the road, 73-64

Zac Richards
Zac Richards

CONWAY, Ark.—The No. 12 Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team won its 11th straight game today with a 73-64 victory against Hendrix College on the road in Conway, Ark.

The Panthers advance to 18-1 overall and 10-1 in the SCAC, leading the East Division standings. Hendrix drops to 5-14 overall and 4-7 in the SCAC.

The Warriors stayed close on the Panthers' heels for the entire first half, cutting the lead to one, twice, and tying it up twice. At the 2:42 mark, Hendrix cut it to 27-26, but BSC responded with a 7-1 run to end the half with a 34-27 lead.

BSC scored six straight points to open the second half and go up by 13, after which the Warriors began to chip away at the lead, using a 15-4 run to cut it to two, 44-42, at the 14:17 mark. The Panthers turned the tables, though, and put together an 11-2 run of their own to go back up by 11, 55-44.

The closest Hendrix would come after that point would be cutting the BSC lead to six, 64-58, with 6:03 left, after which the Panthers scored nine straight points to hit their largest margin of the game, 73-58, with 1:53 left to play. The Warriors held BSC scoreless for the remainder of the game while scoring six points of their own, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Panthers, who came away with the 73-64 victory.

Junior Zac Richards and sophomore Griffin Schamp led a balanced scoring effort with 11 points each, and Richards led with nine rebounds. Sophomore Jason Holland and freshman Larry Thomas had nine points each as well, and junior Blaise White led with three assists and four steals.

BSC shot 24-of-58 (.414) overall and struggled from three-point range, hitting 3-of-15 (.200). Hendrix was 20-of-58 (.345) from the field and 8-of-23 (.348) from beyond the arc.

The Warriors out-rebounded the Panthers 41-39 while committing 18 turnovers, seven more than BSC's 11.

BSC is on the road again next weekend, facing Millsaps on Friday in Jackson, Miss., and Rhodes on Sunday in Memphis.