A late rally by the Spring Hill College men's basketball team was not enough to prevent an 83-75 conference loss at the hands of the University of Mobile Rams on Saturday night at the H. Austill Pharr Gymnasium.
Benefited by poor Badger free throw shooting (4-13), the Rams (13-14, 9-7 SSAC) took a 45-36 cushion into the halftime locker rooms and continued to be hot early in the second half as Mobile held a 56-44 advantage with 13:23 left on the clock.
At that point, Spring Hill slowly and methodically began to reel in the Rams. First, a 3-point bucket by sophomore SHC guard Todd Martin cut it to a 71-63 Ram bulge with 7:08 to play.
Next, two free throws by freshman Frederick Gatson of Riverdale, Ga. paired with another free throw by senior Stephen Burches brought the Badgers to within five points at 76-71 with only 3½ minutes remaining in the contest.
With 1:13 showing, Mobile clung to a 78-73 lead, but the Rams' Ji Kimbrough knocked down two free throws to make it 80-73 with just 29 seconds left and Cody Scott closed out the scoring with an alley-oop basket off an assist from Kimbrough.
Sophomore forward Alex Looney had his season-high for Spring Hill with 22 points and Gatson dropped in 15 points. Martin also contributed 10-points in the loss.
The Badgers shot 52.5% (21-40) from the field and were 50% (6-12) from 3-point territory, but were outrebounded 26 to 18 under the baskets.
Mobile was paced by Kimbrough with 29 points including a 14-of-15 night at the charity stripe. Brock Dockery recorded 15 points and Christian Salinas added 10 points for the Rams.
The Rams shot 54.5% (24-44) from the field and 42.3% (11-26) from 3-point distance.
Spring Hill (12-12, 6-10 SSAC) will next host Belhaven University (14-14, 9-8 SSAC) beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center. Before the game, SHC will honor the three members of its senior class with its annual Senior Night festivities.