NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Spring Hill College men's basketball team defeated the Southern University-New Orleans (SUNO) Knights 62-46 in a non-conference game at the Castle on Thursday night.
A close early affair saw Spring Hill break out to a 17-10 lead 11 minutes into the game when junior guard Steve Edwards of Newton, Miss., drained a 3-pointer and senior center Nick Brown of Rota, Spain, followed with back-to-back buckets less than a minute later.
SUNO would rally for a 12-4 run over the final three minutes of the period capped by a buzzer-beating 3-point basket by Ronald Henderson to give the Knights a 25-24 advantage at the half.
Once again, the second half would be a nip and tuck contest as both teams refused to give ground until Edwards found another 3-point bucket for the Badgers nine minutes into the period to give the Badgers a 38-34 lead.
Edwards dropped in another trey less than two minutes later to push the SHC bulge out to 41-34.
The Badgers built out as much as a 10-point lead, but the Knights once again mustered a late rally and sliced the score to 50-46 with three minutes showing.
Back-to-back steals by junior guard Stephen Burches from Hammond, La., resulted in two fast break baskets for the Badgers as Spring Hill rebuilt a 10-point 56-46 advantage with just 1:30 remaining.
Brown scored 19 point for the Badgers while Edwards tallied his personal season-high of 13 points. Freshman Brandon Blake of Oxford, Miss., also recorded his seventh double-digit scoring night of the season with 10 points.
Christopher Palmer led SUNO with 17 points and Andre Davis added 11 points for the Knights.
As a team, the Badgers shot 41.8% (23-55) and 22.2% (4-18) from 3-point territory. SHC committed just 11 turnovers under the pressure of four steals by SUNO. The Badgers also won the rebounding war 39-27.
SUNO (3-6) was 42.2% (19-45) overall from the field and 28.6% (4-14) in 3-point shots. The Knights turned the ball over 14 times as the Badgers pocketed nine steals.
After a break for the Christmas holiday, Spring Hill (5-3) will next play at Concordia College-Selma on Wednesday, January 5, at 7 p.m.