The Spring Hill College men's basketball team saw the University of Mobile Rams pull away late in the second half to snatch a 63-58 conference victory out of the Badgers' hands at the H. Austill Pharr Gymnasium on Thursday night.
Mobile jumped out to an early 13-5 advantage before SHC junior guard Steve Edwards from Newton, Miss., converted a 4-point play to make the score 13-9 at the 15:30 mark of the first half. The Rams kept the lead around four points for the next 6½ minutes before senior center Nick Brown of Rota, Spain tied the game at 20 with a lay up as nine minutes showed on the clock.
Edwards would give SHC its first lead of the night a minute later at 24-22. A 3-minute scoring drought by both teams followed before senior forward Sly Twiggs of Bay St. Louis, Miss., scored for the Badgers with a put back that made the score 26-22.
Spring Hill controlled much for the remaining four minutes of the half and built out a 35-27 halftime lead.
UM made several desperate runs at the Spring Hill lead over the first nine minutes of the second half, but the Badgers continued to cling to a 46-45 advantage when a shot clock violation by the purple and white resulted in a free throw and put back basket on the other end by Mobile that gave the maroon and black a 48-46 benefit with 10:10 showing on the scoreboard.
Over the next three minutes the Badgers and Rams would trade the lead four times as both teams battled with all they had. The Rams found the solution first, however, and used a 6-3 run between the 6:15 mark and the 2:30 mark to create a 59-55 bulge.
Junior guard Tyler Schwab of Panama City, Fla., brought the Badgers within two points at 59-57 with a driving lay up down the lane and between the tall trees, but freshman guard Charles Gordon of Birmingham would miss a game-tying 3-point attempt with 35 seconds remaining and Mobile converted their free throws to finish the game at 63-58 in favor of the Rams.
The Badgers' Edwards led all scorers with 19 points while Gordon added 11 points for Spring Hill.
Mobile (10-9, 3-1 SSAC West) was led by Bently Hylton's 16 points, Donte Walker's 14 points and Brock Dockery's 12 points.
The Badgers finished the night shooting 38.2% (21-55) from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from 3-point territory. SHC turned the ball over 10 times and allowed just four steals by Mobile while UM took a slight advantage in the rebounding battle by pulling in 36 and allowing the Badgers 35 boards.
Mobile shot 38.8% (19-49) from the field, but made 42.1% (8-19) from behind the 3-point line and turned the ball over just 12 times against six Badger steals.
Spring Hill (6-10, 1-3 SSAC West) will face Belhaven University (13-9, 3-2 SSAC West) in a 4 p.m. tipoff at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday.