Center Nick Brown's career-high of 30 points led the Spring Hill College men's basketball team to a 70-57 non-conference victory over the visiting Clearwater Christian College Cougars on Saturday evening at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
Brown, a senior from Rota, Spain, collected his sixth double/double of the year scoring 30 points with a 14-of-22 shooting performance and an 11 rebound effort under the goal.
The Badgers came out the gates slow as the Cougars (10-13) clawed out to a 7-point 23-16 lead with eight minutes remaining on the first half clock and clung to a 31-28 cushion at the break.
Spring Hill Head Coach Robert Thompson found the magic formula during intermission, however, as the Badgers used a 16-4 run to turn a 37-40 deficit at the 15:18 mark into a 53-44 advantage with 9:32 showing on the scoreboard.
A second-wind by the Cougars cut the hole to five points at 55-50 approximately two minutes later, but the Badgers used Brown's commanding 6-foot-8 presence on the inside to rally for as much as a 14-point lead with two minutes remaining.
Besides Brown's 30 points, the Badgers had two freshmen help the cause as forward Alex Looney of Murphy High School in Mobile scored 12 and guard Charles Gordon of Birmingham added 10 points. Gordon also had three of the Badgers' season-high six blocked shots.
Clearwater had three players break into double-digit scoring with Troy Hadlock contributing 16 points, Todd Wahlberg scoring 14 and Bryan Spears adding 10 points.
The Badgers shot a solid 48.4% (31-64) from the field, but just 18.2% (2-11) from 3-point territory. Spring Hill pulled down 46 rebounds and turned the ball over just 13 times despite 10 steals by the Cougars.
Clearwater shot 33.9% (19-56) from the field and made 20.8% (5-24) of their 3-point attempts. The Cougars turned the ball over 12 times and took in 31 rebounds.
Spring Hill (8-14) will travel to Jackson, Miss., on Monday to face non-conference foe and the 21st ranked Tougaloo College Bulldogs (18-4) at 7 p.m. in Kroger Gymnasium.