HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Spring Hill College men's basketball team dropped a 76-54 decision at William Carey University in Clinton Gymnasium on Thursday night.
The game opened with a tough defensive stand by both teams as Spring Hill clawed out a 7-6 lead eight minutes into the game, but Carey used a 14-5 run over the half's final five minutes to take a 35-21 advantage into the intermission.
William Carey came out the locker room strong and quickly built out a 20-point gap at 50-30 with 14:07 left to play.
The Crusaders maintained a healthy 25-point cushion for much of the remainder of the contest en route to a 76-54 victory.
Freshman guard Charles Gordon of Birmingham scored 16 points for Spring Hill while senior center Nick Brown of Rota, Spain, scored 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Carey (12-10, 3-3 SSAC West) was led by Kevin Branch with 16 points and Marcus Spann's 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Badgers finished the afternoon shooting 36% (18-50) from the field and 36.4% (4-11) from 3-point territory. SHC turned the ball over 19 times and pulled in 19 rebounds.
Carey shot 54% (27-50) from the field and made 45.5% (5-11) of their 3-point attempts. The Crusaders also turned the ball over 14 times while corralling 31 rebounds.
Spring Hill (7-11, 2-4 SSAC West) will next face long-time Jesuit rival Loyola University (10-9, 3-2 SSAC West) in a 5 p.m. tipoff at The Den in New Orleans on Saturday.
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.