Mt. VERNON, Ga. – The Spring Hill College men's basketball team lost a 69-68 conference outcome to the Brewton-Parker College Barons at Gillis Gymnasium on Saturday evening.
SHC took an early 6-2 lead, but an 11-0 run by the Barons (6-9, 4-2 SSAC) made it 13-6 in favor of the home team with 13 minutes left in the first half.
By the 9:25 mark, the Barons had extended their advantage to 21-12 before a 10-point dash by the Badgers gave the visitors a 22-21 lead with 6:44 left on the first half clock.
The Barons then drained back-to-back 3-pointers to regain a 32-24 cushion before senior point guard Tyler Schwab from Panama City, Fla., hit for three to make it a 32-27 Badger deficit with just three minutes until halftime.
After trailing 34-31 at the intermission, the Badgers mounted a 7-2 run capped off by a 3-point play by freshman Frederick Gatson of Riverdale, Ga., to take a 38-36 lead just three minutes into the second period.
The two teams would trade basket-for-basket over the next four minutes as SHC held a slim 46-44 advantage with 14:28 on the clock.
With only two minutes remaining, the teams were knotted at 66 apiece and then freshman center Jake Thelen of Edgewood, Ky., found sophomore forward Alex Looney from Mobile's Murphy High School under the basket to put the Badgers up 68-66 with just under a minute to play.
A 3-pointer gave Brewton-Parker a 69-68 lead with only 26.6 seconds left in the game and the Barons then used a solid defensive stand to force Badger junior guard Brett Williams of Oviedo, Fla., into an unsuccessful shot at the buzzer.
Thelen led all scorers with 26 points and nine rebounds as the Badgers shot 57.7% (30-52) from the field and 75% (3-4) from 3-point distance. SHC also won the rebounding war 26 to 17, but lost 17 turnovers.
Wendell Williams paced the Barons with 22 points as the Barons were 52.2% (24-46) from the field and 66.7% (10-15) from 3-point land.
Spring Hill (8-5, 3-3 SSAC) next visits the Loyola University Wolfpack (9-4, 3-2 SSAC) at The Den in New Orleans, La., for a conference contest starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.