The Spring Hill College men's basketball team fell by a score of 70-54 at the University of Mobile Rams in a divisional game on Thursday night in the H. Austill Pharr Gymnasium.
The Rams (12-8, 6-6 SSAC West) jumped out to an 18-4 lead just six minutes into the game, but the Badgers rallied over the period's final 11 minutes and outscored Mobile 22 to 11 to cut the deficit to just three points at 29-26 in a run capped by junior guard Todd Martin's 3-pointer at the buzzer.
For the opening five minutes of the 2nd half, the two rivals played each other dead even with Mobile clinging to a 34-31 advantage.
At the 10-minute mark, Badger sophomore forward Frederick Gatson and Mobile's Brandon Morris traded 3-point buckets as the Rams maintained a 46-41 bulge, but Martin drained another Spring Hill trey to cut it to 46-44 with 9:24 to play.
Mobile then used two second-chance baskets and seven consecutive free throws to build out an 11-point lead at 57-46 with 6:37 remaining in the game. Morris then added a back-breaking 3-pointer at 5:34 as the Mobile lead swelled to 14 points.
While the Rams struggled from the free throw line early in the game, they would knock down enough over the stretch run to ice the game in the final two minutes and take home the 70-54 victory.
Martin scored 17 points for Spring Hill and Gatson finished the night with 14 points. As a team, the Badgers shot 30.4% (14-46) from the floor and 26.3% (5-19) in 3-point attempts. SHC suffered 15 turnovers versus seven Ram steals.
Mobile was paced by Julien Sargent and Chris Richardson with 12 points as Marcus Poinett had 11 points. Morris also contributed 10 points toward the win. Mobile shot a sizzling 53.9% (21-39) overall and was 47.1% (8-17) in 3-point shooting. The Rams lost 16 turnovers against four steals by the Badgers, but controlled the boards by a final 33-22 margin.
Spring Hill (4-19, 3-9 SSAC West) will host the Belhaven University Blazers (9-15, 5-7 SSAC West) at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.