BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Spring Hill College men's basketball team took an exhibition loss at the hands of the Samford University Bulldogs in a 90-64 decision at the Pete Hanna Center on Saturday afternoon.
In the first five minutes of play, the battle was dominated by the long-distance shooters of both teams as three 3-pointers by Samford and one by the Badgers made it an 11-4 score in favor of the Bulldogs.
Samford (3-6) then built out a 10-point lead at 16-6 just seven minutes into play, but the Badgers refused to be shaken and rallied to cut the deficit to just four points at 22-18 with over seven minutes left in the half.
A critical 14-2 run by the Bulldogs, however, staked Samford to a 16-point advantage at 36-20 with less than three minutes to play in the period as the home team carried a 40-24 lead into the intermission.
The Bulldogs opened the second half by making their first 10 shots from the field for a 20-7 spurt to make it 60-31 with 15 minutes showing on the clock.
Freshman center Jake Thelen of Edgewood, Ky., paced the Badgers with 15 points and 10 rebounds while sophomore guard Todd Martin from Mobile's St. Paul's Episcopal School had 16 points and junior guard Brett Williams of Oviedo, Fla., added 10 points.
Drew Windler poured in 23 points for the Bulldogs as Will Cook added 14 points and Tyler Hood contributed 12 points to the Samford totals.
SHC shot 34.3% (23-67) from the field including 36% (9-25) from 3-point distance and hauled down 39 total rebounds in the game.
Samford blistered the nets with a 51.7% (30-58) effort including a sizzling 11-of-24 (45.8%) performance from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs took down 42 rebounds and took away six steals on the night.
SHC (7-3) will visit the Crescent City of New Orleans, La., on Monday for a non-conference game with the Southern University-New Orleans (SUNO) Knights (3-5) at 7 p.m. in The Castle. Earlier this season, the Badgers escaped with a nail-biting 84-82 victory at home over SUNO.