BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — No. 22 Birmingham-Southern won its 37th-consecutive home game with a 70-48 victory against Rhodes, on Sunday.
The Panthers moved to 12-1 overall and 4-1 in the SCAC, while Rhodes fell to 9-5 and 4-1. BSC now leads the SCAC East Division standings.
BSC came out strong to start the game, scoring 20 points in the first six minutes to lead 20-4. But the Panthers went cold after that, not scoring again until the 9:19 mark on a single free throw by Zac Richards. The next non-free throw bucket for BSC did not come until just over four minutes with a layup by Caleb Lee.
The Lynx were able to cut it to nine, 23-14 but that was the closest they would come. BSC scored 10 unanswered points to end the half, leading 33-14.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan 99, Haverford 47|
|No. 22 Birmingham-Southern 70, Rhodes 48|
The Panthers kept a large lead for the duration of the game, going up by as much as 30 with 3:05 left to play before eventually winning by 22.
Richards led BSC with 14 points on 5-6 shooting, followed by Blaise White with 11 points and Jasen Jonus with 10. Lee led on the boards with six rebounds, and White led with four assists and four steals.
The Panthers shot 46 percent (23-50) for the game, including a 51 percent performance in the second half. BSC hit 26 percent (6-23) from 3-point range and 85 percent (18-21) from the free throw line.
Rhodes shot 37 percent (18-48) overall, 28 percent (6-21) from beyond the arc, and 66 percent (6-9) from the line.
BSC out-rebounded Rhodes 30-28 while committing only 10 turnovers to the Lynx’s 19.