Stetson opened the game with a 13-5 run and led by as many as 16 points in the first half. After leading 33-23 at the half, the Hatters allowed the Lancers to get as close as 38-31 with 15:25 remaining in the game. Stetson regained control and pushed the lead back up to the game-high of 16 points on a powerful slam dunk by Kris Thomas (
Sophomore point guard A.J. Smith (
The Lancers would not go away and made a late run at the #1 defense in the A-Sun (69.9 ppg). With 8:47 left to play Durann Neil made a layup to reduce the Stetson lead into single digits. After some back-and forth play Longwood’s Lamar Barrett knocked down a jumper and the advantage was just four with 57 seconds on the clock. The pressure subsided when Blair and Smith combined for the game’s next six points. Longwood’s EJ Dawson hit an uncontested layup with eight seconds remaining and Stetson won by eight.
Also scoring in double-figures for the Hatters was junior center Tim Lang (
Tonight’s win was the Hatters’ fifth consecutive and the seventh in the past nine games. Stetson also remains unbeaten at home this season at 6-0. Combined with a 4-0 mark at the end of last season, the Hatters are currently riding a 10-game home winning streak. It is the longest home-winning streak since the 1980-81 season when Stetson enjoyed a 13-0 run. The current 10-0 stretch surpasses the team’s 9-0 streak from 1986-87.
The Hatters now hit the road for a pair of A-Sun games in