Welch leads BSC in 78-65 road victory against Oglethorpe

Ross Welch (photo courtesy of Larry Radloff, d3photography.com)
Ross Welch (photo courtesy of Larry Radloff, d3photography.com)

ATLANTA, Ga.—Led by sophomore Ross Welch with 19 points, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team picked up a 78-65 victory on the road against Oglethorpe, Sunday afternoon at Dorough Field House in Atlanta.

The Panthers improve to 12-6 overall with their fourth straight win, and are now second in the Southern Athletic Association with a 6-2 mark. The Stormy Petrels fall to 16-3 and are also now 6-2 in the SAA.

The game started with five straight ties up to a score of 11-11 at the 14:13 mark, after which Oglethorpe sank two straight three-pointers to pull ahead by six. The Petrels again led by six, 19-13, at the 11:25 mark when BSC sophomore John Crain proceeded to hit a three-pointer, a layup, and another three-pointer to put the Panthers up 21-19. A layup by freshman Ian Thom extended the lead to 23-19 before Crain nailed yet another three-pointer to put his Panthers up 26-19 with 5:32 left in the first half.

BSC built its lead up to nine, 36-27, by the end of the half, and maintained a lead for the entirety of the second half. The closest the Petrels came was cutting the lead to seven several times, and the Panthers eventually won by 13, 78-65.

Welch led all players with his 19 points, shooting 6-11 overall and 5-9 from three-point range, and also had a game-high four assists. Crain put up 16 points off the bench on 5-7 shooting (4-6 from beyond the arc), and senior Griffin Schamp recorded 14 points on 4-7 shooting. Junior Ander Galfsky led with eight rebounds.

Oglethorpe held junior Larry Thomas, who leads the conference in scoring with 20.4 points per game, to nine points, his first single-digit scoring performance of the season.

Alex Davis led three Petrel players in double figures with 18 points, and Tyler Courson led with seven rebounds.

BSC is on the road again next weekend, traveling to face Hendrix, Friday Feb. 7 in Conway, Ark., and Rhodes, Sunday Feb. 9 in Memphis.