The Spring Hill College men's basketball team took a 60-57 conference loss at the hands of the Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) Senators at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 29-27 at the halftime break, the Badgers stumbled coming out the intermission, allowing AUM to build a 37-28 advantage just 2½ minutes into the period.
The Badgers' strong rebounding on both ends of the court sparked a rally that saw Spring Hill fill in the hole to just 40-36 with just over 10 minutes remaining.
From there, every time Spring Hill found a bucket the Senators seemed to be able to respond with the correct answer at the other end as AUM managed to keep the lead at a 4- to 7-point cushion.
With 21 seconds remaining, Badger junior guard Tyler Schwab of Panama City, Fla., drained a 3-point bucket to make the score 60-57 in favor of the visitors. AUM senior Charles Perona of Tuskegee missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity with 3 seconds left on the clock, but made up for his failure by stealing the ball from SHC freshman Charles Gordon of Birmingham at the midcourt line as time expired.
Junior guard Steve Edwards of Newton, Miss., led the Badgers with 12 points - all of which came in the first half off four 3-point buckets.
The Badgers finished the night shooting 43.2% (19-44) from the field and 7-of-21 (33.3%) from 3-point land. SHC held a 33-23 rebounding edge, but turned the ball over 17 times against nine AUM steals.
AUM junior forward Alex Hergott of Lyon, France, led all scorers with 14 points and while Marquez Brooks of Montgomery contributed 12 points and Perona added 11 for the Senators.
The Senators shot 51.1% (23-45) from the field and 40% (6-15) from behind the 3-point arc. AUM (4-10, 2-0 SSAC West) committed 12 turnovers and limited SHC to just five steals.
Spring Hill (6-7, 1-1 SSAC West) steps out of conference play on Monday when they travel to New Orleans to face 13th ranked Xavier University (La.) (15-2) on Monday at 7 p.m. in The Barn.