The Spring Hill College men's basketball team lost a 73-40 exhibition decision to the University of South Alabama Jaguars on Monday night at the USA Mitchell Center.
Spring Hill held USA scoreless for the first 3½ minutes of the game and the Badgers would trail the Jags by just four points at 21-17 with as little as 3:21 remaining on the clock in the 1st half. Unfortunately for the Badgers, South would out-score SHC 10-1 over the period's final three minutes to lead 31-18 at the break.
The second half was all South Alabama's as the home-standing Jaguars out ran the Badgers 42-22 to take the final 73-40 victory.
Spring Hill was led by junior forward Alex Looney of Mobile's Murphy High School with 12 points and seven rebounds.
As a team, SHC shot 28.3% (13-46) from the field and 22.2% (2-9) from 3-point land while USA connected on 34.5% (20-58) of their shots including 29.6% (8-27) from long distance. The Badgers committed 28 turnovers in the face of 15 steals by South.
For USA, Mychal Ammons dropped in 21 points while Javier Carter pulled down nine rebounds with 11 points. South Alabama turned the ball over 20 times as Spring Hill collected nine steals. The Jags also out-rebound the Badgers 43-35.
Spring Hill College (0-2) will next travel to New Orleans, La., to face Tuskegee University at the 2012 Big Easy Classic hosted by Xavier University (La.) at 4 p.m. on Friday.