Badger Athletics - Spring Hill College News
Junior guard Robert Drummond (11)
Junior guard Robert Drummond (11)
Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 22, 2014

The Spring Hill College men's basketball team collected its first back-to-back wins of the year with a 61-59 upset of 24th-ranked Martin Methodist College in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) game at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Saturday evening.

Junior forward Frederick Gatson scored with just two seconds remaining and a final 3-point heave by Darius Woods of MMC missed the mark as the Badgers rallied from as much as a 14-point 1st half deficit to secure the victory.

Martin Methodist raced out to a 23-9 advantage just 10 minutes into the game, but the Badgers fought back to within one point at 28-27 and trailed by just three at the intermission.

The RedHawks (16-9, 11-6 SSAC West) reclaimed a seven-point cushion at 34-27 just three minutes into the second half, but could not find the knockout blow against a determined Badger squad. A 3-point bucket by guard Robert Gipson gave SHC its first lead of the 2nd half with 10 minutes to play at 44-42 and the Badgers pushed the lead out to 56-49 with five minutes remaining.

Martin Methodist clawed back, however, to take a 59-56 lead with 3:17 showing on the clock. Guard Jackson Fos drained a huge 3-point basket to tie the game at 59 with 2:08 remaining as two missed 3-pointers by the RedHawks would set the stage for Gatson's heroics.

Fos led SHC with 15 points while Gatson poured in 14 points and Gipson added 12 more points. The Badgers shot 44% (22-50) including a weighty 47.8% (11-23) from 3-point distance. Spring Hill dominated the boards 42 to 27, but suffered 15 turnovers against eight MMC steals.

John Taylor paced the RedHawks with 22 points and Woods dropped in 12 points for the visitors. MMC shot 38.3% (23-60) overall and 33.3% (8-24) from long distance. The RedHawks lost just three turnovers to a single Badger steal by guard Ty McCants.

The Badgers (7-20, 6-11 SSAC West) make its last road trip of 2014 on Thursday with a visit to Blue Mountain College (7-20, 2-15 SSAC West) in Mississippi at 7:30 p.m.