HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Spring Hill College men's basketball team suffered a 101-59 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) West Division loss to 8th-ranked William Carey University on Thursday evening at Clinton Gymnasium.
The Badgers and the Crusaders traded 3-point buckets to open the game, but Spring Hill made nine of their first 11 shots to take a 23-20 lead at the 10:44 mark of the 1st half. Carey proved why they hold a position in the Top 10, however, by regrouping to claw out a 40-34 halftime lead.
Spring Hill regained the shooter's touch in the early stages of the 2nd half and tied the game at 42-42 only to see Carey use a 21-1 run to build out a 63-43 advantage with 12:46 left on the clock.
Jarrett Calhoun scored 13 points to lead Spring Hill as Wesley Pietri also scored 12 points. Senior Alex Looney hauled in 12 rebounds. The Badgers shot 36.5% (19-52) from the floor including 38.5% (5-13) from 3-point distance. The Badgers committed 17 turnovers against 10 steals by the Crusaders.
Kelvin Nixon led six William Carey (12-2, 7-0 SSAC West) players that reached double-digits in tallies with 19 points for the Crusaders. DeMarcus Lewis collected 13 rebounds and 15 points for the home team. Carey was 48.6% (34-70) in overall shooting and 34.8% (8-23) in 3-point shots. The Crusaders lost 10 turnovers with the Badgers taking away four steals as Carey also won the rebounding war 52 to 37.
The Badgers (3-15, 2-6 SSAC West) will next travel to Crisp Arena in McKenzie, Tenn., on Saturday to face the Bethel University Wildcats (12-7, 3-5 SSAC West) in an SSAC West Division contest beginning at 4 p.m.