NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Spring Hill College men's basketball team earned a season sweep of the Loyola University (La.) Wolf Pack and their first road win of the year on Thursday night with a 69-58 victory in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) game at The Den.
Loyola's McCall Tomeny drained a 3-point basket with 15:21 left in the first half to give the Wolf Pack (5-19, 4-13 SSAC) an 11-7 lead, but the Badgers countered with a 9-0 spurt that included a 3-point play by guard Robert Gipson (SR, Mobile, Ala.) to give Spring Hill a five-point edge with 9:47 left in the first stanza. The teams traded buckets for the rest of the half until Gipson hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to build the advantage out to nine points at 34-25 entering the break.
Spring Hill increased their lead to 15 points with 14:29 remaining when Gipson hit another 3-pointer off an assist from guard Ty McCants (SR, Pensacola, Fla.). The Wolf Pack responded by scoring eight consecutive points sparked by a 3-pointer from freshman Derek Graves. Loyola clawed to within four points when Tomeny put back an errant free throw with 9:31 left, but Spring Hill immediately followed with a 12-3 run as Gipson and guard Robert Drummond (JR, Fairhope, Ala.) each contributed four points during the spurt. The Wolf Pack never came closer than nine points from that point on as Spring Hill led by as much as 13 points with 5:14 remaining.
The Badgers were led by Gipson's 15 points and seven boards off the bench while forward Frederick Gatson (JR, Riverdale, Ga.) scored 10 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Center Dejan Stefanovic (FR, Paracin, Serbia) tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds. Calhoun had 13 points as he shot 6-for-8 from the field and Drummond reached double figures with 10 points as well. The Badgers shot 46.6% (27-58) from the field including a sizzling 50% (13-26) shooting performance in the second half. SHC made only 2-of-13 (15.4%) from behind the three point line on the night and shot just 56.4% (13-23) from the free throw line, but out-rebounded Loyola 43 to 40.
Tomeny led the way for Loyola as he tallied 19 points and nine rebounds. Cameron Hill matched Tomeny on the glass with nine boards and added 11 points. Daniel Kuhl scored 13 points on the strength of a 7-for-8 night from the free throw line. Loyola shot 28.3% (17-60) from the field including 26.3% (5-19) from 3-point distance. Loyola stayed in the game by holding on to the ball, turning it over just six times while forcing 13 Spring Hill miscues.
The Badgers (6-20, 5-11 SSAC West) will host the 24th-ranked Martin Methodist College RedHawks (16-8, 11-5 SSAC West) at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday.