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The Hatters will play their final non-conference game of the year on Monday at Savannah State.
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Hatters Travel to Face Savannah State on Monday
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  01/22/2012
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The Stetson men’s basketball team will step away from the riggers of Atlantic Sun Conference play on Monday night to square off with Savannah State.

The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Tiger Arena in Savannah. Audio from the game will be available online through Hatter Vision.

Stetson is looking to snap a three-game losing skid over the last week. The Hatters have enjoyed their best offensive output of the year in the three games, but defense has let them down. Stetson’s opponents are averaging 93.3 points per game over those three games.

Stetson will also be looking to stop an six-game skid against non-conference foes. The game against Savannah State is the last scheduled non-conference game of the year. The Hatters are 3-7 on the year out of league play.

Hatters head coach Casey Alexander said it should not be difficult for his team to get prepared to play Savannah State, which comes into the game with a 9-10 record on the year. The Tigers defeated South Carolina State 83-53 on Saturday night.

“It shouldn’t be hard,” Alexander said. “Our team should look forward to every game they play as an opportunity to improve and an opportunity to get to where we want to go. That is the only way to look at it.”

Alexander said the hard part is getting ready, mentally, for a non-conference game in the middle of league play.

“It is a challenge, mentally, to go on the road for a non-conference game when things aren’t going your way, but I am excited about that challenge because it is a chance for our team to make progress,” Alexander said.

The Hatters are coming off a tough home loss on Friday evening against Florida Gulf Coast. The game was played in front of the largest crowd of the year at the Edmunds Center.

“You can’t say enough about the crowd,” Alexander said. “Tom Birney and the marketing staff did a great job of getting people here. It was a great atmosphere, I am just disappointed that we couldn’t deliver.”

Stetson junior Adam Pegg, who recorded his second consecutive double-double, said it was great for the team to see the excitement and enthusiasm in the crowd.

“We always appreciate a good crowd,” Pegg said. “It was a great environment and we got our new mascot. They were loud and it was a fun environment to play in. We always appreciate the fans coming out to support us.”

Pegg has averaged 24 points and nine rebounds over his last three games and is averaging better than 18 points per game over the last nine outings. The Hatters will need that offensive production against a Savannah State team that held Stetson to just 49 points in a one-point loss last year.

The Tigers are playing stingy defense again this year, having allowed an average of just 63 points per game. Savannah State comes into the game having won four of its last five outings, with the only loss coming at Bethune-Cookman (68-62) last Monday. The Tigers have a 6-1 record on their home floor this year.

Stetson will return to the Edmunds Center next weekend for a pair of A-Sun games. Mercer, which is tied for the league lead with Belmont, will be in town on Saturday for an afternoon game (3:15 p.m.). Kennesaw State will close out play for the month of January on Monday night at 7 p.m.

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