The Spring Hill College Badgers ended their 2009-10 season at Tougaloo College on Thursday night with a 75-55 loss in the 2010 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Men's Basketball Tournament's quarterfinal round.
A 3-point bucket by senior Marcus Coleman followed by a 6-foot jump shot by sophomore Jacolby Griffin gave the Badgers a 19-17 lead at the 9-minute mark of the first half, but the 25th rated Bulldogs (23-6) answered with a 17-7 run over the next seven minutes to stretch out a 34-26 advantage.
Trailing 39-26 at the half, the Badgers fell down even further in the opening minutes of the second period when Tougaloo made an 8-5 spurt to build a 47-31 cushion. By 4:34 Tougaloo had expanded the lead to 73-52 and fought off two valiant rallies by Spring Hill.
Junior center Nick Brown tallied his 10th double-double of the year with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Badgers while Coleman scored 13 points and senior forward Owen McNally added 12 points.
Tougaloo was led by Walter Howard with 21 points.
SHC shot 35.3% (18-51) from the field and was just 21.1% (4-19) from 3-point land while Tougaloo was 42.9% (30-70) from the field and shot 39.1% (9-23) from 3-point territory.
Tougaloo out-rebounded SHC 44-36 while the Badgers turned the ball over 24 times against 12 Tougaloo steals and the Bulldogs fumbled the ball 16 times in the face of 10 steals by Spring Hill.
Spring Hill finished the season with a 15-14 record while Tougaloo moves on to host the GCAC semifinals and the winner of the Mobile at Belhaven game on Saturday at 7 p.m.