The Spring Hill College men's basketball team took a 70-57 non-conference decision over the Brewton-Parker College Barons at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday evening.
The Badgers held a slim 32-30 lead at the intermission, but back-to-back midcourt steals by Spring Hill's junior guard Stephen Burches from Hammond, La., resulted in two fast break baskets by the Badgers and built out a 40-32 SHC advantage with 15:44 left in the game.
Brewton-Parker whittled the score down to 41-37 over the next three minutes, but the Badgers reclaimed a 10-point lead with two free throws by freshman forward Alex Looney of Mobile's Murphy High School at the 9:31 mark.
Spring Hill then went on to build out as much as a 15-point cushion over the final five minutes and coasted to the 70-57 home victory.
Junior Kyle Watkins of Montgomery was the game's high scorer with 19 points while Burches added 14 tallies to the cause. Senior center Nick Brown of Rota, Spain, also put 10 points in the books for the Badgers.
Andrew Dikas led the Barons in both scoring and rebounding with 18 points and seven boards.
As a team, the Badgers shot 44.7% (21-44) and 26.7% (4-15) from 3-point territory, but committed 19 turnovers in the face of 13 steals by the Barons' defense. Spring Hill won the battle of the boards, however, with a 38-29 advantage in rebounds.
Brewton-Parker (1-6) was 36.4% (20-55) overall from the field and 17.4% (4-23) in 3-point shots. The Barons coughed the ball up 17 times under the pressure of seven Badger steals.
Spring Hill (3-3) will next play Concordia College-Selma at the Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.