The Spring Hill College men's basketball team responded to their upset loss at the hands of Carver College on Friday night by taking a 93-66 win over the Concordia College-Selma Hornets in a non-conference match up at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday night.
Concordia (4-8) held as much as a 6-point cushion in the first half before Spring Hill regrouped to take a 29-28 lead with three minutes left in the period. From there, the Badgers built out a 5-point bulge and held a 35-32 advantage at the intermission.
In the second half, Badgers came out with new focus and energy and immediately scored the first 12 points of the period in just 3½ minutes to take a 15-point 47-32 advantage.
Spring Hill would never look back after the initial second half outburst and swelled their lead to as much as 29 points at 78-49 with 5:30 remaining in the contest.
Freshman center Jake Thelen of Edgewood, Ky., scored 20 points with nine rebounds for Spring Hill while junior guard Ricky Sears from Decatur, Ala., came off the bench for 12 points and while junior guard Brett Williams of Oviedo, Fla., and sophomore guard Charles Gordon from Birmingham, Ala., each had 10 points.
John Nixon notched 21 points for the Hornets while Marcus Sutton scored 12 and Zannie Pickens had 10 points and nine rebounds for the visitors.
The Badgers shot 45.2% (28-62) on the night including 40% (8-20) from 3-point land. SHC also made 29-of-35 (82.9%) free throws and finally limited their pesky turnover problems to just seven fumbles against five Hornet steals.
Concordia shot 37.3% (25-67) and was 6-of-28 (21.4%) in 3-point attempts, but missed their first 14 attempts from long distance. The Hornets had 15 turnovers in the face of six Badger steals while Spring Hill also won the rebounding battle 45 to 41 under the backboards.
SHC (7-3) will next travel to the Magic City of Birmingham, Ala., to take on the Samford University Bulldogs (1-6) in an exhibition game at the Pete Hanna Center on Saturday.