The Hornets couldn’t come back from a halftime deficit and lost 90-80 to Mobile.
The loss came a little more than a week after it was announced that Southern Poly’s athletic department would be dissolved at the end of the current school year, in anticipation of the university’s merger with Kennesaw State.
The Hornets (13-18) trailed Mobile (14-15) by a 39-34 margin at halftime, then were outscored by five points again in the second half.
Though Southern Poly had an overwhelming edge with 3-pointers, making 12 to Mobile’s two, it was reverse at the free-throw line, where the Rams had a 34-10 edge in made attempts.
Former Hillgrove High School standout Marcus Dortch scored a game-high 30 points, while C.J. McElrath had 18, Chris Key 17 and Chris Kingsberry 11.
The Southern Poly women’s basketball team will begin play in the SSAC tournament today, with a berth into the NAIA tournament already in hand.
Winthrop 77, Liberty 65: Keon Johnson scored 15 points as fourth-seeded Winthrop beat defending tournament champion Liberty to open the Big South Conference tournament.
Keon Moore, Andre Smith and former Wheeler High School standout Joab Jerome had 14 apiece for Winthrop (18-12).
The Eagles made all 21 of their free throws and went 8-of-22 from 3-point range. Jerome made all nine of his free throws, Johnson made three 3-pointers and Moore had eight rebounds.
Andrew Smith led No. 5 seed Liberty (11-21) with 17 points and Joe Retic added 15. The Flames were up by as many as 12 in the first half.
Wake Forest 72, Pittsburgh 58: Marietta native Dearica Hamby finished with 25 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and two steals as No. 11 seed Wake Forest women beat 14th-seeded Pittsburgh in the first round of the ACC tournament.
Chelsea Douglas added 20 points for Wake Forest (15-15), which will take on sixth-seeded North Carolina today.
Pittsburgh pulled within four on an Ashlee Anderson layup with 17:03 remaining, but the Demon Deacons rattled off the next 12 points, including six by Milan Quinn, to open up a 50-34 advantage with 12:40 to play.
Pitt (11-20), which was playing in its first ever ACC tournament, went more than 5 minutes without scoring during that stretch and never again got closer than down nine.