MARIETTA, Ga. – The Spring Hill College men's basketball team fell in a 51-43 outcome at the hands of the 6th-ranked Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) Hornets in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) cross-divisional match on Friday night.
In the 1st half, SPSU (4-4, 1-2 SSAC East) used the hot hand of Chase Robinson to sink three 3-point buckets as the Hornets would build out a 22-16 lead with 4:33 to play in the period. Just one minute later, however, Badger junior guard Todd Martin from Mobile drained a 3-pointer of his own to make it 22-19.
A fourth trey from Robinson made it a 27-19 Hornet lead at the intermission, but SHC would answer with the first five points of the 2nd half to cut the deficit to 27-24 with 18 minutes on the clock.
Poly responded with a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to make it a 36-24 advantage for the home team, but the succeeding 10 minutes would not be kind to either offense as SPSU held a 45-31 lead with 8:30 to play.
Spring Hill then launched a furious 12-0 rally capped by two consecutive 3-point buckets by junior guard Robert Gipson from Mobile to make it a 50-43 game with four minutes remaining. Neither team could scratch the scoreboard over the final four minutes as the Hornets held on for the 51-43 victory.
Martin paced the Badgers with 16 points as SHC shot 26.4% (14-53) from the field and 30% (6-20) from 3-point territory. Spring Hill hurt itself with 16 turnovers against just six steals by SPSU, but out-rebounded the Hornets 45-36.
Robinson also scored 16 points for the Hornets who shot 30.4% (17-56) overall and 24% (6-25) from behind the arc. SPSU suffered just 10 turnovers in the face of four Badger steals.
Spring Hill College (1-8, 1-2 SSAC West) will next visit the 15th-ranked Lee University Flames (8-0, 3-0 SSAC East) at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Cleveland, Tenn.