The Stetson men's basketball team (10-14, 7-6) will head on the road for the final time of the 2012-13 regular season this weekend, beginning with a Thursday night contest at Lipscomb (9-14, 4-8) on ESPN3. The Hatters and the Bisons will square off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Allen Arena.
Stetson remains tied with USC Upstate and Jacksonville for third place in the Atlantic Sun Conference, but the Hatters have lost four of their last five games, as well has their last three road contests.
"Our emphasis for the last couple of weeks has been to be more efficient on offense," Stetson head coach Casey Alexander said. "Taking care of the basketball has to be our priority on that end. We're playing hard enough and well enough in other areas, but we've given games away by making so many unforced errors."
The Hatters have turned the ball over at least 17 times in each of their last five games, leading to a 1-4 mark during the stretch. The last time Stetson took care of the ball efficiently was Jan. 19, in an 85-69 home victory over Lipscomb. It was the fifth straight victory for Stetson, and put the team in first place in the league at 6-2.
"I'll be surprised if we don't see a very confident Lipscomb team Thursday night," Alexander said. "They played very well their last time out against NKU and I'm sure they've followed that up with a spirited week of practice."
The Bisons topped the Norse 76-58 on Feb. 8, snapping a three-game losing skid, and improving to 4-8 in conference play. Lipscomb is currently ninth in the A-Sun standings, but has played well at home, earning six of its nine total victories at Allen Arena. Deonte Alexander, who scored 23 points against Stetson back on Jan. 19, continues to lead the Bisons in scoring at a mark of 13.0 points per game.
"He's really scoring the ball well and with great versatility," Coach Alexander said of Deonte Alexander. "His ability to make threes is his greatest strength, but he's also scoring in transition and in their motion. They are at their best when he is playing well."
Thursday night's game can be viewed exclusively on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app. George Plaster and Justin Seamon will be on the call from Nashville. Hatter fans can also listen to the game with play-by-play from Robbie Aaron on WSBB 1230 AM, 1490 AM, and MyAM1230.com. Live Stats, the @StetsonMBB Twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game updates.
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