The Spring Hill College men's basketball team wrapped up the 2012-2013 season with a 60-57 home loss to the University of Mobile Rams at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday night.
The Rams (15-13, 8-10 SSAC West) took an early 16-8 lead, but Spring Hill fought back to earn a 21-19 advantage following a 3-point bucket by junior guard Robert Gipson at the 8-minute mark of the 1st half.
Mobile clung to a 35-32 cushion during the intermission, but held a 50-41 bulge with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Two consecutive 2-point jumpers by Badger guards freshman Ben Redman and junior Todd Martin made it 52-49 with six minutes on the clock and Martin would convert on 2-of-3 free throw attempts at 2:32 to make it just a 56-55 Mobile lead.
Junior Spring Hill forward Alex Looney tied the game at 57-57 with a jumper in the paint at 1:24, but Mobile's Julien Sargent answered on the other end to make it 59-57 with 51 seconds remaining. Badger center Andre Gowins would then be whistled for a critical offensive foul with 26 seconds left.
Later, the Rams' Kwame Beard would make just 1-of-2 free throws with 4 seconds showing, but Looney's game-tying half court heave would rattle out as the buzzer sounded.
Looney tallied 28 points for Spring Hill as the Badgers shot 43.8% (21-48) as a team and 31.8% (7-22) from 3-point distance. SHC lost 15 turnovers to four UM steals and also lost the rebounding war 32-28.
Mobile was paced by Brandon Morris with 19 points and Chris Richardson with 12 points. Sargent led all rebounders with nine boards. The Rams lost 15 turnovers to just three SHC steals. Mobile shot 44.9% (22-49) from the floor including a 47.1% (8-17) effort from 3-point range.
Spring Hill ended the season with a 4-25 overall record and a 3-15 mark in the SSAC West Division.