The Spring Hill College men's basketball team pulled away early in the first half and then maintained a comfortable lead for the remainder of the game as the Badgers snapped a 4-game losing skid with a 77-62 conference home win over the Belhaven University Blazers on Saturday at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
Just 10 minutes into the contest, Spring Hill battled out to an 18-8 advantage and never allowed Belhaven to pose much threat for the remainder of the period as the score stayed at a 7- to 10-point margin with the Badgers ahead 37-26 at the intermission.
The second half started out with Spring Hill continuing to hold its double-digit advantage as they continually frustrated the Blazers by answering each Belhaven basket with a Badger basket at the other end. When SHC wasn't finding room on the inside, their midrange jumpers found the bottom of the net forcing BU to pick its poison throughout the game.
Belhaven did mount a rally seven minutes into the second half when they sliced the lead to just 46-43, but junior guard Tyler Schwab of Panama City, Fla., rained down two long 3-point buckets and senior center Nick Brown of Rota, Spain, collected two inside layups to rebuild an 11-point cushion at 56-45 with 11:10 showing on the clock.
From there, the Badgers kept BU at arm's length as the Blazers could get no closer than 9 points and fell down by as much as 15 points twice before the end of the game.
Four Badgers scored in double figures led by Brown with 18 points and freshman guard Charles Gordon of Birmingham who scored 16 points. Junior guard Steve Edwards of Newton, Miss., dropped in 14 points while Schwab added 11 points for Spring Hill. Senior forward Sly Twiggs of Bay St. Louis, Miss., pulled down 12 of the Badgers' 42 rebounds.
Belhaven (13-10, 3-3 SSAC West) was led by Rob Wallace with 19 points, Brittion Smith with 17 points and Nathaniel Roche' with 11 points.
The Badgers finished the afternoon shooting a healthy 50.9% (27-53) from the field and 30.8% (4-13) from 3-point territory. SHC turned the ball over 16 times and allowed eight steals by Belhaven.
Belhaven shot 34.9% (22-63) from the field and made just 16.7% (3-18) of their 3-point attempts. The Blazers also turned the ball over 16 times against nine Badger steals. BU took in 40 rebounds in the contest.
Spring Hill (7-10, 2-3 SSAC West) will face long-time conference rival William Carey University (10-10, 2-3 SSAC West) in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Thursday.