Offensively Stetson looked like a team ready to burst into the Atlantic Sun season and challenge for championship. Defensively Stetson showed it still has some work to do before next week’s conference opener.
Against the Lancers the Hatters shot 56.6% hitting 30-for-53 from the field and 8-for-19 (42.1 %) from beyond the arc. They even managed a reasonable 8-for-13 (61.5%) from the free throw line. Add to those numbers a 30-to-23 rebounding advantage, eight more points scored in the paint (32-24), and a 12-to-7 lead in second-chance points, and it would appear to be an easy win for the visitors. However, the dilemma in this game was Stetson’s play at the other end of the floor, combined with some red-hot shooting from Longwood in the second half.
After the break the Lancers shot 62% from the field and 64% from 3-point range. They were led by junior guard Kevin Swecker who was 7-for-12 from the field and 5-for-7 from long distance scoring a career-high 23 points.
“We have had a problem with consistency, doing what we need to do night in and night out”, said Hatters head coach Derek Waugh. “Tonight we had trouble with our defense. We have been averaging 57 points allowed per game to non BCS schools. We come in here and we give up 78. If we give up our average we win this game by over 20.”
This was a back-and-forth game with both teams taking turns in the lead. It was a game that came down to the final moments. Longwood and Stetson were tied at 70-70 with 1:14 left after a layup by junior forward Eric Diaz (
In addition to Blair’s offensive efforts Stetson junior guard Mark Lohuis (
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