BSC drops third straight in 85-71 road loss to Centre

DANVILLE, Ky.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team lost its third-straight game Sunday afternoon, falling to Centre on the road, 85-71, at Alumni Gymnasium in Danville, Ky. The Panthers fall to 7-5 overall and 1-2 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Colonels move to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in the SAA.

The Colonels scored the first basket of the game—a three-pointer by Donovan Whiteside—and would never relinquish the lead, using several small runs throughout the first half to pull up by as much as 19 (46-27 at the 2:48 mark) before taking a 50-33 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Panthers opened the second half with a bang, with senior Jason Holland and junior Larry Thomas hitting back-to-back three-pointers to cut it to 11, 50-39, within the first two minutes. The Colonels responded with a 12-4 run, though, to go up 62-43 by the 16:09 mark and never looked back, eventually winning by 14, 85-71.

Senior Griffin Schamp led the Panthers with 20 points on 6-11 shooting from the field and seven rebounds, followed by Thomas with 15 points. Holland led with four assists, three steals, and two blocks.

Matt Gump led Centre with 17 points off the bench, and Josh Karsner led with 10 rebounds, also off the bench.

The Panthers shot 24-60 (40 percent) from the field, including 7-23 (30.4 percent) from three-point range, and 16-20 (80 percent) from the free throw line. Centre shot better from the field, hitting 27-50 (54 percent) overall and 9-20 (45 percent) from beyond the arch, and the Colonels shot 22-33 (66.7 percent) at the line.

Centre out-rebounded BSC 36-33 while committing 17 turnovers, one more than the Panthers.

BSC is on the road again next weekend, facing Millsaps on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. in Jackson, Miss. The Panthers will then take on in-state non-conference rival Huntingdon Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. following the women's game. BSC already defeated the Hawks back on Dec. 16 in Birmingham, 90-42.