Redshirt-freshman Brian Pegg went for 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Stetson men’s basketball fell on the road to Jacksonville by a score of 88-75 at Veterans Memorial Arena Thursday.
The Hatters (3-13, 1-3) dropped their third straight game in league play as the Dolphins (7-9, 3-2) went over .500 in Atlantic Sun Conference competition with its second straight victory.
“We have to be a lot more competitive than we were tonight,” Stetson head coach Corey Williams said. “We need our seniors to step up. When they don’t plays as well it makes it very difficult for us to win basketball games.”
Stetson, which turned the ball over only 18 times in its last two games, handed the ball over to Jacksonville 18 times on Thursday alone. The Dolphins turned those 18 turnovers into 21 points in the victory.
Jacksonville continually got out in transition for easy baskets, which resulted in a 52.2 shooting percentage for the Dolphins. Leading the way was senior Keith McDougald, who went off for 27 points and seven assists for JU.
The Dolphins put five players in double figures on the night, including J.R. Holder, who scored 12 points off the bench. R.J. Slawson added 15 points, while Jarvis Haywood and Javon Dawson chipped in with 14 and 11, respectively.
The Hatters were never able to take the advantage after Jacksonville used an 18-4 to turn a two-point deficit into a 12-point lead midway through the first half. The Dolphins led by just six points at halftime as a McDougald jumper made it 43-37 at the break.
Stetson was led by Pegg, who had a career night. The second-year Hatter scored a career high 18 points, and his career-best 15 rebounds was a number no Stetson player had achieved in nearly five years. Garfield Blair was the last Hatter to grab 15 boards (16 on Feb. 16, 2009).
“Rebounding is about effort,” Williams said. “One of the things [Brian] will do is he’ll fight for a rebound. If you want to be a good rebounder you have to go after the basketball. [Brian] certainly did a terrific job for us tonight.”
Senior Aaron Graham scored 13 points, freshman Glenn Baral poured in a career best 11 points, and senior Raymone Andrews added 10 points in the defeat. Andrews added a game high eight assists in the loss, a career best for the point guard.
Stetson returns to action on Saturday taking on North Florida. The Hatters and the Ospreys are scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. from UNF Arena.