Badger Athletics - Spring Hill College News
The Badgers will wrap up Head Coach Aaron Niven's first campaign on Saturday
The Badgers will wrap up Head Coach Aaron Niven's first campaign on Saturday
Men's Basketball - Thu, Feb. 27, 2014

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. – The Spring Hill College men's basketball team lost a heart-breaker to Blue Mountain College in a 67-65 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) decision at Tyler Gymnasium on Thursday night.

The Toppers (8-20, 3-15 SSAC West) clawed out to a 17-13 advantage 10 minutes into the contest, but two field goals by forward Frederick Gatson made it a 17-17 game just two minutes later.

Spring Hill trailed by two points at 28-26 coming into the 2nd half, but Blue Mountain built out a nine-point 58-49 lead with 7:24 to play. A driving layup by Robert Gipson cut the spread down to 60-58, but Stefan Vukovic answered for the Toppers with a 3-point bucket on the opposite end as the Badgers trailed 63-58 with 3:47 to play.

With 49 seconds on the clock Ty McCants knocked down a 3-point basket and then picked up a loose ball and drew a foul to go to the free throw line with 24 seconds left where he drained two free throws to tie the game at 65-65. Shane Butler of BMC then found the basket on a layup with 4.4 seconds remaining to put the Toppers up 67-65.

Gatson put 20 points through the rims and collected 11 rebounds for the Badgers while Robert Drummond added 12 more tallies on the SHC score sheet. The Badgers shot 46.8% (22-47) including 26.7% (4-15) from 3-point distance. Spring Hill controlled the boards 34 to 20, but suffered 15 turnovers against six BMC steals.

Butler paced the Toppers with 14 points as BMC shot 51.2% (22-43) overall and 45.5% (10-22) from long distance. The Toppers committed 14 turnovers, but lost no steals to Spring Hill.

The Badgers (7-21, 6-12 SSAC West) will close out the 2014 season on Saturday afternoon at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center versus the 3rd-ranked William Carey University Crusaders (23-2, 17-0 SSAC West) beginning at 4 p.m. Before the game, Spring Hill will honor its senior players with its annual Senior Day Ceremony.