Smith made a layup with 42 seconds left in the game to get the Hatters to within two points. After a defensive stop at the other end Stetson had one last opportunity with nine seconds left to tie the game or win it with a 3-pointer. After driving the length of the floor Smith made a move for the basket and a layup in an attempt to draw a foul. There was plenty of contact yet as was the case most of the night the Hatters could not get a call from the ACC officials and the game ended.
Garfield Blair (
“We found our offensive Rhythm in the second half. I thought our guys gave a fantastic effort. I am really proud of them, we just couldn’t quite get it done,” said Head Coach Derek Waugh. “I think the difference in the game was that they (FSU) were able to do a great job focusing in and knocking down their free throws. When you get outscored by 20 points at the line by a very good team it is tough to win.”
To open the game both teams came out a bit tentative Stetson went into the first media timeout down 7-4 scoring on a layup by Blair and a follow by Sheldon Oliver (
Stetson, however, went on a 10-5 run up to the second break sparked by a pair of 3-pointers by Thomas and another by Brendan Williams (Miami, Fla.) from well beyond the arc to take a 14-12 lead.
Shortly after re-entering at 9:55 Lang stopped a breakaway yet picked up his third foul effectively taking him out of the game. Fellow Aussie Graham Radford (
For the remainder of the first half, however the momentum switched back to the Seminoles. FSU went on a 22-3 run and went into the locker room up 43-27. The key statistic in the half was a 21-2 advantage in free throw opportunities. FSU was 18-for-21 while the Hatters were just 1-of-2. Stetson was whistled for 13 fouls,
Stetson opened the second half with a 32-23 run to achieve its seven-point lead with 8:47 remaining. Coming down the stretch a key moment occurred when with just over four minutes remaining. The officials took a Stetson 3-pointer off the board and that shifted the momentum back to the Seminoles. A decision was made that the clock should not have been re-set after the previous shot. Stetson went from up by four to down by six in the ensuing minute and a half.
In addition to Blair, Thomas, and Smith, Eric Diaz (
The Hatters return home to host Johnson & Wales Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in the