The Spring Hill College men’s basketball team earned a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference home victory versus the Fort Valley State University Wildcats by a score of 70-67 on Wednesday night at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center with freshman guard Jack Morrissey providing the heroics with a deep three ball off the right side with just 9 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats (0-10, 0-3 SIAC East) trailed 32-29 at intermission and by as much as 16 points at 49-33 with 11:32 left in the game, but rallied to tie the game at 59-59 at 4:02 when 7-foot, 300-pound FVSU center Ralph Wilson drained consecutive 3-point buckets from the top of the key in a 30 second time period.
Spring Hill rebuilt a 4-point lead at 2:39 and the score 66-62, but could not find a way to shake off a pesky Wildcat team who tied the game at 67-67 off 1-of-2 free throws by Jamall Garror with 45 seconds on the clock.
Senior Badger guard Robert Drummond then ran the shot clock down to less than 10 seconds before finding Morrissey three feet behind the arc for the winning points as two FVSU 3-pointers in the final eight seconds did not find their marks.
Morrissey finished with 12 points to lead the Badgers in scoring while freshman guard Matevz Rojc added 10 points and sophomore center Sam Hutcheson hauled in 10 rebounds. As a team, SHC shot 48.9% (23-47) from the floor and 50% (8-16) in 3-point attempts while suffering 13 turnovers versus six steals by the Wildcats.
FVSU was led by Wilson with 15 points and forward Tyrone Brinson with 12 rebounds as FVSU shot 41.8% (23-55) overall and 29.6% (8-27) from 3-point distance. The Wildcats earned a slim 35-34 advantage in rebounds and lost eight turnovers to six SHC steals