MOBILE, Ala. – The Spring Hill College men's basketball team lost a non-conference contest by the score of 67-62 versus the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Knights on Monday night at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center despite rallying from as much as an 11-point deficit early in the 2nd half to trail by just three points with 11 minutes to play.
The Badgers took a quick 7-4 lead over SUNO (7-4) in the early minutes of the contest, but the Knights used a 10-0 run to build out 14-7 cushion just five minutes into the game and held a 31-23 advantage at the break.
Spring Hill turned up the defensive pressure in the 2nd half and had filled in the hole to just a 40-37 SUNO lead with 11½ minutes to play, but a crucial 9-0 burst by the Knights between the 8-minute and 5-minute marks of the period pushed a 4-point margin by SUNO into a 13-point mountain at 54-41.
The Men of The Hill refused to give in as junior guard Robert Drummond drained three consecutive free throws after being fouled beyond the arc and then followed it 12 seconds later with 3-point bucket to make it a 64-59 game with 22 seconds to play. Senior guard Ty McCants answered two Knight free throws with a trey of his own to make it a 66-62 game with 13 seconds remaining, but Thaddeus Showers of SUNO iced the game with 1-of-2 free throws on the other end with just 5.5 seconds left on the clock.
Drummond led all scorers by tying his career-high with 21 points and junior forward Frederick Gatson added 11 points while senior forward Alex Looney hauled in 10 rebounds.
Spring Hill shot 35.2% (19-54) from the field and 39.1% (9-23) in 3-point attempts. SHC out-rebounded the Knights 37-31 and suffered 11 turnovers against five SUNO steals.
SUNO had four players reach double-digit scoring with Russell Hill dropping in 14 points and Showers, Kevin Dukes and Broc Wills each contributing 11 points. The Knights shot 46.8% (22-47) from the floor and 25% (2-8) from 3-point land while turning the ball over 11 times versus five Badger steals.
The Badgers (0-9) will next host the 25th-ranked Xavier University (La.) Gold Rush (8-3) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.