The Spring Hill College men's basketball team opened the 2010-11 season on Friday night with a thrilling 82-80 win over visiting Voorhees College at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
Spring Hill led by 10 with 1:43 remaining, but a furious comeback attempt by Voorhees (1-1) cut the Badger's advantage to just 81-80 with 9 seconds on the clock. Junior Rico Dread of Jackson, Ala., made it 82-80 with 1-of -2 free throws with 7 seconds showing.
The Tigers' Sam Dotson missed a game-tying attempt, but Badger junior Tyler Schwab of Panama City, Fla., missed both his free throws on the other end with only to recover his own rebound and return to line with 2 seconds remaining.
A final heave by Voorhees fell short as time expired.
Senior center Nick Brown scored 25 points for SHC with nine rebounds while junior Steve Edwards of Newton, Miss., scored 15 points and freshman Brandon Blake of Oxford, Miss. added 11 points. Freshman Alex Looney of Mobile's Murphy High had 10 points as did junior Kyle Watkins of Montgomery, Ala.
Overall, SHC shot 27-of-62 (43.5%) from the field and 7-of-19 (36.8%) from 3-point range while Voorhees managed to shoot 43.1% (31-72) from the field. The Badgers out rebounded the Tigers 48 to 40 on the boards.
Garland McArthur paced four double-digit scoring Tigers with 17 points.
Spring Hill (1-0) will travel to New Orleans, La., on Monday night to play at Dillard University (0-1) at 7:30 p.m.