The Spring Hill College men's basketball team held off the Blue Mountain College Toppers by a score of 68-56 in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) game on Thursday night at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
The Toppers (6-16, 1-11 SSAC West) and the Badgers battled each other in a nip-and-tuck affair for most of the 1st half, but then Spring Hill turned a two-point advantage with five minutes remaining in the period into a 12-point lead at the intermission at 41-29.
Neither team came out of the locker rooms with their shooter's touch intact as Spring Hill failed to score until the 11:22 mark when Robert Drummond converted on a layup from the left side, but BMC also failed to take advantage of the situation and scored just 7 points during the Badger scoring woes.
A 3-point basket by guard Robert Gipson from the top of the key at 9:18 finally took the lid off the bucket for Spring Hill and guard Jarrett Calhoun turned up his offensive presence by driving through the inside trees as SHC built out a comfortable 14-point bulge at 56-42 with four minutes left to play.
Senior forward Alex Looney led the Badgers with 13 points while Gipson, Calhoun and Drummond each scored 11 points for Spring Hill. For the game, SHC shot 47.8% (22-46) from the floor including 31.6% (6-19) from 3-point distance. The Badgers lost the battle of the boards 31 to 30, but committed a season-low six turnovers and allowed no steals by the Toppers.
BMC was led by Jarvis Fisher and Josh Sheppard with 15 points each off the bench. The Toppers shot just 28% (14-50) from the floor and 23.5% (4-17) in 3-point attempts. Blue Mountain lost six turnovers and held the Badgers without a steal for the game.
The Badgers (5-17, 4-8 SSAC West) will visit Pharr Gymnasium for a conference match against the University of Mobile Rams (11-10, 6-6 SSAC West) beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday.