Panthers cruise past Hendrix at home, 83-50

Panthers cruise past Hendrix at home, 83-50

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Shooting a season-high 57.7 percent from the field, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team returned home to Bill Battle Coliseum for the first time since Dec. 16 and notched an 83-50 conference victory against Hendrix, Friday evening. The Panthers move to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Warriors fall to 7-9 overall and 1-4 in the SAA.

After Hendrix held a 6-4 lead early in the game, BSC proceeded to score 14 straight points to pull up 18-6 by the 9:41 mark. The Panthers built up to a 22-point 39-17 lead by halftime, and would never relinquish the double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. BSC went up by as much as 35, 77-42, with 3:44 left in the game, before winning by 33, 83-50.

Junior Larry Thomas led all players with 20 points on 9-15 shooting, and also led the Panthers with six rebounds. Senior Jason Holland led with four assists, and he and junior Ander Galfsky led with three steals apiece. Sophomore Ross Welch was also in double figures with 14 points on 5-7 shooting (4-5 from three-point range), as were sophomore John Crain with 11 points and junior Brendan Marschner with 10 points, going 3-3 from the field and 3-3 at the free throw line.

Colton Primm led Hendrix with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Gearen Littlefield added 10 points off the bench.

BSC hit 30-52 for a season-high 57.7 percent from the field. The Panthers were also 11-24 (45.8 percent) from beyond the arc. Conversely, Hendrix shot 36.5 percent from the field and 8.3 percent (1-12) from three-point range.

The Warriors out-rebounded the Panthers 35-30 but committed 21 turnovers (as compared to BSC's 13).

The Panthers are back in action on Sunday, hosting conference rival Rhodes at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.