Panthers roll past Huntingdon on the road, 73-59

Kevin Kegarise (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Kevin Kegarise (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Led by senior Kevin Kegarise with 17 points, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team won its fourth straight game Wednesday night, defeating Huntingdon on the road, 73-59.

The Panthers, playing without senior Zac Richards, move to 10-3, while the Hawks fall to 5-10.

After playing to six straight ties in the first eight minutes of the game, BSC used a 17-2 run over the next four minutes to go up 29-14 by the 8:35 mark. The Panthers hung onto their comfortable lead and led 43-24 at halftime.

BSC kept a double-digit lead for the duration of the game, only allowing the Hawks to come as close as a 12-point margin, 69-57, with 2:38 left to play before winning by 14, 73-59.

Kegarise led the Panthers with 17 points on 6-9 shooting, including 5-8 from three-point range. Junior Griffin Schamp scored 14 points off the bench after missing most of the first part of the season with a hand injury, and junior Schylar Freeman earned his first start and scored 12 points on 5-6 shooting. Freeman led BSC with seven points, and senior Blaise White led with six steals.

Huntingdon's Ryan Petty led all players with 23 points, while Jeremiah Thomas had 15 points and a game-high nine boards.

The Panthers shot 23-56 (.411) from the field, 6-20 (.300) from three-point range, and 21-30 (.700) at the free throw line. The Hawks shot 24-58 (.414) overall, 3-16 (.188) from beyond the arc, and 8-16 (.500) from the line.

Huntingdon had 39 rebounds to BSC's 37 while committing 16 turnovers, seven more than the Panthers' nine, tying their season low.

BSC returns home this Saturday to face Southern Athletic Association foe Millsaps at 5 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.