The Spring Hill College men's basketball team fell to the Voorhees College Tigers in a 59-56 non-conference outcome at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Friday night.
The Tigers (8-6) saw the Badgers jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead behind consecutive 3-point baskets by freshman point guard Ben Redman of Spanish Fort, Ala., and junior forward Alex Looney from Mobile, but bounced back to claim a 9-point 22-13 advantage with 7:30 to go in the half.
Spring Hill would reclaim the lead five minutes later off two free throws by junior center Andre Gowins of Gautier, Miss., that made it a 28-26 SHC advantage. Gowins would then make 1-of-2 free throws with 25 seconds left in the half to post the Badgers to a 29-28 halftime lead.
Voorhees, however, used a 10-0 run between the 13-minute and 6-minute marks of the 2nd half to build out an 11-point bulge at 52-41 before the Badgers responded to cut the deficit down to 55-52 off two free throws by sophomore forward Frederick Gatson of Riverdale, Ga., with just 1:26 to play.
Redman would make 2-of-4 free throws down the stretch and also connected on a layup with 1 second left but a crucial layup by the Tigers' Ricardo Rivera with 25 seconds left kept the Badgers at arm's length in the crunch as Voorhees held on for the 59-56 win.
Looney paced SHC with 14 points while Redman dropped in 13 points including three 3-pointers and junior guard Robert Gipson of Mobile added 11 more for the Badgers. The pressure defense of Voorhees resulted in 16 Badger turnovers against 10 steals by the Tigers.
As a team, SHC shot 30.9% (17-55) from the field and 34.8% (8-23 from 3-point distance. The Tigers shot 42.3% (22-52) overall and made 4-of-15 (26.7%) of their 3-point attempts.
Voorhees had two players reach double-doubles as Jeffrey Evans had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Willie Waters III contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Tigers out rebounded the Badgers 46-39.
Spring Hill (1-11) will next host Martin Methodist College (6-7) in a non-conference game in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center at 5 p.m. on Saturday.