ROME, Ga. - Shorter University used a 15-0 run late in the first half to outpace the Spring Hill College men's basketball team by a final score of 81-62 in a non-conference contest at the Winthrop-King Centre on Friday night.
The Hawks (6-0) pulled into a 5-point lead 12 minutes into the game with a 20-15 advantage, but the Badgers fought back to pull within one at 20-19 off a field goal by senior center Nick Brown of Rota, Spain, with 7:11 showing on the first half clock.
Shorter responded to the Badgers' challenge with a 15-point burst over the next four minutes to build a 35-19 bulge.
Spring Hill, however, answered with a 10-3 run of their own over the last three minutes to whittle the deficit down to just nine points at 38-29 as the teams headed to the intermission.
The Badgers came out the locker room refocused and scored the first five points of the half to fight back to within four at 38-34 just one minute into the period.
With 10 minutes remaining, the Badgers found themselves down by 10 points at 54-44, but that molehill quickly grew into a 20-point mountain as SU took a 64-44 lead at 8:40.
Brown scored his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds while junior guard Kyle Watkins from Montgomery, Ala., scored 16 points for Spring Hill. Freshman guard Brandon Blake of Oxford, Miss., added 12 points.
Overall, the Badgers made 52% (26-50) of their shots including 2-of-10 (20%) from beyond the 3-point arc. Turnovers haunted the Badgers for most the night as SHC suffered 36 fumbles that led to 25 points by the Hawks.
Marquise Wright put 22 points in the buckets for the Hawks and Darius Steger added 17 points. Walter Hill had 14 points with 11 rebounds and Johnathan Crawford also contributed 12 points to the Hawks' cause.
Shorter put 43.1% (28-65) of their shots for the floor and 8-of-18 (44.4%) from 3-point land.
Spring Hill (1-2) will travel to Cleveland, Tenn., on Saturday to play 12th ranked Lee University (4-1) in a non-conference match beginning at 3 p.m. (4 p.m. EST)