MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Spring Hill College men's basketball team wrapped up a month-long, seven-game road swing with an 82-60 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) win at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) on Saturday evening at the AUM Physical Education Complex.
By the time the scoreboard showed three minutes remaining in the first half, the Badgers had jumped out to a 34-24 advantage over the Warhawks (3-12, 1-7 SSAC) and Spring Hill would maintain a 36-29 lead at the intermission.
Picking up where they left off at the break, the Badgers launched a 14-0 run to start the second period to expand the lead out to 21-points at 50-29, but the Warhawks refused to go away quietly and whittled the Spring Hill bulge down to 54-42 with 11:39 left in regulation time.
The Badgers shook off the brief rally by AUM to rebuild a 22-point difference at 73-51 with just five minutes to play and held as much as an 82-56 lead with 1:33 left.
Freshman center Jake Thelen of Edgewood, Ky., led the Badgers with 20 points while sophomore forward Alex Looney of Mobile's Murphy High School chipped in 15 points. Sophomore guard Todd Martin from St. Paul's Episcopal in Mobile and junior guard Brett Williams of Oviedo, Fla., each added 12 to the SHC totals. Senior point guard Stephen Burches of Hammond, La., also handed out a Spring Hill season-high 11 assists.
As a team, Spring Hill shot 48.4% (30-62) from the field including a scotching 60% (18-30) in the second half. From behind the 3-point line, the Badgers were 35.7% (5-14) and the men from Spring Hill also turned in a season's low for turnovers with nine fumbles against just three AUM steals.
AUM was paced by Alex Hergott with 14 points and eight rebounds. The Warhawks shot 35.1% (20-57) overall and 18.2% (4-22) from behind 3-point range. AUM lost the ball 14 times against six Badger steals and SHC also won the rebounding battle 40-38.
Spring Hill (9-6, 4-4 SSAC) will host the Faulkner University Eagles (8-9, 1-6 SSAC) on Saturday at the 4 p.m. in a conference match at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.