The Spring Hill College men's basketball team slipped to a 5-6 record on the season with a non-conference home loss to the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Knights by the score of 65-49 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Monday night.
The Badgers found themselves down by six points with eight minutes remaining in the first half but rallied to tie the score at 30 going into halftime.
SUNO responded with a 10-4 run coming out of the locker rooms in the second half and never looked back. With six minutes left, the Knights held a 55-40 advantage over the Badgers on route to a 65-49 final victory.
Senior center Nick Brown of Rota, Spain, had 9 points to lead all Spring Hill scorers.
SUNO was led by Recardo Porter with 19 points and Christopher Palmer who had 12 points to go with his game-high 8 rebounds.
As a team, the Badgers shot 32.7% (16-49) and 18.8% (3-16) from 3-point territory. SHC committed 15 turnovers under the pressure of seven steals by SUNO.
SUNO (5-8) was 38.9% (21-54) overall from the field and dropped in eight of their 22 3-point attempts (36.4%). The Knights matched the Badgers with15 turnovers as the Badgers took away six steals on the night.
Spring Hill (5-6, 0-0 SSAC West) will open conference play with a match versus Jesuit rival the Loyola University (La.) Wolfpack (7-6, 0-0 SSAC West) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
Thursday's match will be part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) Project that uses Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. The JBS Project highlights more than 90 games this season between men's and women's teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice.
Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. The Jesuit educational mission began in Europe approximately 500 years ago.