CENTRAL, S.C. – The Spring Hill College men's basketball team opened its conference schedule with a 64-58 loss at Southern Wesleyan University on Friday night at Historic Tysinger Gymnasium.
The Warriors (2-2, 1-0 SSAC East) and the Badgers played a back-and-forth affair throughout much of the 1st half as Spring Hill took a quick 6-1 lead, but Southern Wesleyan held a 19-16 advantage with 7:19 until the intermission.
Spring Hill cut it to a 38-37 Warrior lead at the 15 minute mark and matching 6-point runs by both teams made it a 44-43 game just two minutes later. By the 5:52 mark tough-minded defense by both teams left the score at 49-48 in favor of SWU, but Jarrett Calhoun put the Badgers on top at 51-49 with a 3-pointer from the right side.
Kenny Holmes put the Warriors up by one with a put-back basket at 54-53 with 2:45 to play, but at 2:21 Badger senior forward Alex Looney tied the game with a jumper from the top of the key at 55-55. Looney then gave SHC a 58-57 lead, but the Warriors answered with a 3-pointer to make it 60-58 with just 56 seconds showing. An intercepted pass by Jamaral Kearse in the paint and a free throw at the other end would seal the game for the home team with 23 seconds remaining.
Spring Hill was led by Calhoun with 15 points while center Dejan Stefanovic and forward Frederick Gatson each contributed another 10 points.
Southern Wesleyan's Kenny Holmes scored 26 points and Terrance Hutchins added 14 points while Dwayne Bryant had 15 rebounds for the Warriors.
As a team, SHC shot 40.4% (21-52) from the floor including 26.3% (5-19) in 3-point attempts. SWU was 35.7% (20-56) overall and 57.1% (8-14) from 3-point territory. The Warriors out-rebounded the Badgers 41-37 under the boards as Spring Hill suffered 11 turnovers against five Warrior steals. SWU turned the Ball over 10 times versus five SHC steals.
The Badgers (0-3, 0-1 SSAC West) next visit Franklin Springs, Ga., for a conference game with the 20th-ranked Emmanuel College Lions (6-0, 1-0 SSAC East) on Saturday at Williamson Basketball Arena in a 6:30 p.m. C.D.T. tipoff.