The Spring Hill College men's basketball team lost to No. 6 ranked LSU-Shreveport 79-65 in a road conference match on Saturday night at The Dock.
The game quickly became a long distance shootout as Spring Hill made seven of 15 3-point attempts and LSUS made five of 13 3-point attempts in the first half alone. Senior guard Marcus Coleman was hot early, making five of seven treys to open the game.
Despite leading 18-15 at the 11 minute mark, Spring Hill found itself down 39-33 at the intermission.
Brance Davenport of LSUS opened the second half with an 8-point outburst that staked the Pilots to a 14-point 52-38 lead with 16:11 remaining. The Pilots were able to ward off several Badgers rallies late in the game and maintained a 10-point lead at 75-65 with 1:22 on the clock.
Coleman finished with 17 points for the Badgers while Owen McNally added 12 and Chris Dees 11 points. Jacolby Griffin contributed 10 points to the cause.
LSUS was led by Davenport with 24 points while Greg Shyne scored 18 points. Derrick Parker had 17 points and led all rebounders with 13 boards.
SHC shot 42.4% (25-59) from the field and 39.1% (9-23) from 3-point land while LSUS was 49.1% (27-55) from the field and shot 40.9% (9-22) from 3-point territory.
The Pilots out-rebounded SHC 39-31 while the Badgers turned the ball over 16 times and the Pilots (23-4, 13-3 GCAC) gave it away 14 times.
Spring Hill (12-13, 6-10 GCAC) will next host the school's longest-running rivalry as Loyola University-New Orleans (13-14, 5-11 GCAC) visits the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. During both the women's and men's games on Thursday, Spring Hill will collect donations for Haiti relief. The games will also be feature matches of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight series.