NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Spring Hill College men's basketball team launched a furious rally over the final six minutes of play, but came up on the short end of a 58-53 score versus the Loyola University (La.) Wolf Pack in a conference outcome at The Den on Saturday evening.
Wolf Pack (11-8, 5-4 SSAC West) jumped out to a 14-4 lead just six minutes into the contest and maintained a comfortable 10-point cushion for most of the remainder of the 1st half taking a 34-22 lead into halftime.
Spring Hill re-grouped during the break and quickly sliced the deficit down to 39-34 following a 3-point bucket by freshman guard Jackson Fos of Abita Springs, La., at 16:16 and three free throws by junior guard Todd Martin from Mobile at 14:44 to play.
The Wolf Pack stretched it back out to a 52-36 advantage with eight minutes to play, but Spring Hill was not to be denied and rallied to cut the shortfall to just one point at 54-53 via a 3-pointer by freshman Wesley Pietri of Mobile with 1:33 showing on the clock.
McCall Tomeny of Loyola answered with a score on the other end to make it a 56-53 game with only 25 seconds to play. Junior Badger forward Alex Looney from Mobile would catch too much iron on his game-tying 3-point attempt as a defensive rebound and two free throws by Loyola's Kyle Simmons with 1.3 seconds left sealed the win for the Wolf Pack.
SHC was paced on offense by Looney with 15 points and junior guard Robert Gipson from Mobile with 11 points. The Badgers shot 36.4% (20-55) from the field and were 31.6% (6-19) from 3-point distance. The Purple & White out-rebounded Loyola 36-31, but hurt themselves with 16 turnovers versus seven Wolf Pack steals.
Tomeny led Loyola with 12 points as Robert Lovaglio and Steve Davis each put 11 points in the Wolf Pack baskets. Loyola suffered 14 turnovers against five steals by the Badgers.
Spring Hill (4-17, 3-7 SSAC West) will host 21st-ranked Faulkner University (17-3, 8-1 SSAC West) at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.