The Spring Hill College men's basketball team rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to take an 81-72 non-conference decision over the Concordia College-Selma Hornets at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday night.
Sloppy ball handling by the Badgers combined with early shooting woes resulted in a 38-29 lead for Concordia at the intermission, but the Badgers regrouped in the second half and turned a 12-of-27 (44.4%) shooting performance in the first period into a stellar 19-of-30 (63.3%) result in the second period.
The turning point in the game came during a two-minute 11-2 run by the Badgers midway through the half that saw Spring Hill turn a 53-45 Concordia lead into a 56-55 advantage for the Badgers.
The teams would trade the lead three more times before a layup by senior center Nick Brown of Rota, Spain, gave the Badgers a lead at 64-63 with six minutes remaining.
Spring Hill's rebounding and defense then led to either fast break opportunities or easy inside baskets as SHC accumulated a 70-63 lead with only two minutes left.
The Badgers closed out the game by making 9-of 10 free throws to secure the home victory.
Brown tallied a double-double with 25 point and 10 rebounds for the Badgers. Freshman Brandon Blake of Oxford, Miss., scored 21 points for Spring Hill and junior guard Kyle Watkins of Montgomery pumped in another 16 points.
Wendall Maye led all scorers with 29 points for the Hornets and Gabriel Ball added 11 points in Concordia's column.
As a team, the Badgers shot 54.4% (31-57) and 25% (2-8) from 3-point territory, but committed 24 turnovers under the pressure of 12 steals by the Hornets. Spring Hill won the battle of the boards, however, with a 40-30 advantage in rebounds.
Concordia was 39.1% (25-64) overall from the field and just 13.3% (4-30) in 3-point shots. The Hornets coughed the ball up 18 times as the Badgers earned 10 steals.
Spring Hill (4-3) will next play an exhibition game at NCAA Division 1 foe Jackson State University (2-6) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Jackson, Miss.