The Spring Hill College men's basketball team used a 30-6 run over the final 10 minutes of the 2nd half to overcome a 23-point deficit and take a 76-73 cross-divisional Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) victory versus Southern Wesleyan University at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Friday night.
The Warriors (5-6, 1-4 SSAC East) dominated the 1st half action and took a seemingly comfortable 46-25 lead into halftime and held a 23-point bulge at 65-42 with only 10:18 remaining in the game.
From that point on, however, the Badger defense clamped down on the Warriors and Spring Hill scored 32 points off 19 SWU turnovers in the face of 13 steals by SHC over the final 10 minutes.
Freshman point guard Ben Redman of Spanish Fort, Ala., brought the home crowd to its feet and cut the score to a 71-70 lead by the Warriors with a 3-pointer at the 1:46 mark and junior forward Alex Looney from Mobile gave SHC its first lead of the game at 72-71 with two free throws at 1:22 following a steal by sophomore guard Robert Drummond of Fairhope, Ala., off the Warriors' Kenny Joyner.
Looney made it a 3-point Badger lead with a lay-up following a steal by Redman with 56 second remaining. Looney later converted on 1-of-2 free throws following an unforced turnover by SWU at 19 seconds before the Warriors' Joyner dropped in a 2-point bucket with 12 seconds remaining to cut it to a 75-73 SHC advantage.
SHC junior guard Todd Martin from Mobile made 1-of-2 free throws at 10 seconds and Kenny Joyner missed a 3-point shot with 2 seconds left as the Badgers held on for the dramatic come-from-behind win.
Freshman guard Jackson Fos of Abita Springs, La., came off the bench to score 14 points as Drummond and Looney each had 12 points and Redman contributed 10 points, six assists and four steals.
SHC shot 50.9% (28-55) from the field and was 38.1% (8-21) from 3-point distance, but was out-rebounded 40 to 19 by the Warriors. The Badgers limited themselves to nine turnovers versus just five steals by the Warriors.
SWU was paced by Joyner with 23 points and center Nikola Lambic with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Warriors were an impressive 55.6% (30-54) from the field and 53.8% (7-13) in 3-point shooting. SWU lost a total of 23 turnovers, however, as the Badgers took away a team season-high 15 steals.
Spring Hill (3-13, 2-3 SSAC West) will wrap up its cross divisional schedule on Saturday versus SSAC newcomer the College of Coastal Georgia (2-13, 0-5 SSAC East) in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center beginning at 5 p.m.