The Spring Hill College men's basketball team lost a non-conference contest by the score of 82-69 versus future Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) rival the Stillman College Tigers on Friday night at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
In a game that featured 11 lead changes and seven ties over the first 26 minutes of play, Stillman (3-6) used a 15-to-5 run over a 6-minute span in the 2nd half to turn a game tied at 48-48 with 14 minutes to play into a comfortable 63-53 Tiger lead with just under 8 minutes left on the clock.
A 3-point bucket by sophomore guard Wesley Pietri with three minutes remaining brought the Badgers within seven points at 67-60, but Spring Hill could get no closer as the Tigers knocked down 9-of-11 free throws over the final two minutes to close out the game.
Juniors Frederick Gatson and Robert Drummond each scored 11 points for the Badgers while Pietri paced Spring Hill with 12 points and Robert Gipson had 10 notches on the scoreboard.
The Badgers shot 39% (23-59) from the floor and 41.2% (7-17) in 3-point attempts on the night. Spring Hill won the rebounding battle by a margin of 39-35 and stole the ball six times to profit from a total of 15 Stillman turnovers.
Jeffrey Wherry scored 17 points for the Tigers including two critical 3-point buckets in the decisive 6-minute run by Stillman in the 2nd half to lead all scorers while Markeith Madison added 13 points and Robert Langham contributed 12 points to the Tiger cause. Stillman shot 49.1% (27-55) from the field including 33.3% (7-21) from 3-point distance while taking away five steals and benefiting from 19 total turnovers by Spring Hill.
The Badgers (0-7) will next travel to Tuscaloosa on Saturday, December 14, to face this same Tiger team in a rematch beginning at 5 p.m.