MOBILE, Alabama – The Central State Marauders earned a crucial road win over Spring Hill, 94-92, on Monday night. With the win, CSU improves to 10-10 overall record with a 7-6 ledger in SIAC play. SHC falls to 6-16 overall and 5-8 in the conference.
In a high scoring first half, CSU and SHC both shot over 50% from the field. CSU led by as many as six. SHC went on a 8-0 run late in the half and took a 50-48 lead at the end of 20 minutes.
In a back and forth second half, the teams were all square, 85-85, with 4:54 to play. CSU went on a 12-2 capped off by a Tom Johnson dunk. Up by seven with 1:27 to play, CSU committed two turnovers on its next two possessions. SHC capitalized on both offensive trips to cut the deficit down to two. With 22 seconds left, CSU came up with the defensive stop and held off SHC for the victory.
The Marauders forced Spring Hill into 17 turnovers while CSU recorded nine giveaways. CSU outscored SHC, 17-11, in points off turnovers. CSU converted 22 of 30 free throws (73.3%) and made 30 of 61 field goals attempts (49.2%).
Freshman Darweshi Hunter made eight of 13 shot attempts for 26 points. Harris Brown scored 22 points. Orion Monford chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds. CSU was able to overcome a 30 point – 15 rebound performance from Spring Hills’s Chase Shellman. Gresyn Rogers added 20 points and seven rebounds.
CSU returns home to host Spring Hill on Saturday.
Score: Central State – 94; Spring Hill – 92
Records: Central State (10-10; 7-6); Spring Hill (6-16; 5-8)
Location: Mobile, Alabama
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CSU’s 94 points ties a season-high. Harris Brown has scored 20 or more points in five of his last six games. Darweshi Hunter recorded his eleventh game of 20 or more points this season. Orion Monford’s 13 points is a season-high.
CSU recorded its first win at Spring Hill since February of 2016. Monday’s game was the fourth time Hunter and Brown have scored 20 or more points in the same game.
The Marauders host Spring Hill on Saturday at 3 pm.
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