The Spring Hill College men's basketball team saw its current losing skid grow to seven games with a 71-62 loss at the hands of non-conference foe Martin Methodist College at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday night.
Spring Hill held a 6-point advantage at 24-18 with 6:12 showing on the 1st half clock, but then failed to score another field goal for the remainder of the period as Martin Methodist carried a 32-25 lead into the locker rooms.
MMC held a 20-point lead at 63-43 with 2:18 to play in the game, but was suffering a scoring drought of its own as the Badgers kept the RedHawks from sinking a field goal over the game's final 4:35 and cut the deficit down to just eight points at 67-59 with 23 seconds remaining. Spring Hill's four late 3-point buckets could not overcome four consecutive MMC free throws, however, as the RedHawks took the 71-62 victory.
Junior guard Todd Martin out of Mobile's St. Paul's Episcopal School led the Badgers with a career-high 21 points including four 3-pointers while junior guard Robert Gipson from W.P. Davidson High scored 14 points and junior forward Alex Looney of Murphy High added 10 points.
Spring Hill shot 33.9% (20-59) from the field and 35.5% (11-31) from long distance. SHC turned the ball over just 10 times against seven RedHawk steals while forcing MMC into 11 turnovers against six Badger takeaways.
Martin Methodist (7-7) was led by Jeremy Rodgers with 17 points to pace four RedHawks who reached double-digit scoring. MMC shot 42.9% (21-49) from the field and 32% (8-25) from 3-point land while also out-rebounding the Badgers 39-36.
Spring Hill (1-12) will next host Dillard University (1-6) in a non-conference game in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.