Reggie Bishop stroked his third three-pointer of the contest to cut the Stetson lead, which was 11 at halftime, to 53-50 with 2:22 left. The score remained the same with the Camels in possession of the ball and just over a minute left when Blair was able to strip the ball from Bishop on a drive into the paint. However, Blair was called for an offensive foul with 40 seconds left, giving
Blair drained both free throws with 16.6 seconds left to put Stetson up five, and when sophomore guard A.J. Smith (
Smith joined Blair in double figures, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds and three steals while junior center Tim Lang (
Bishop had a strong day for the Camels, shooting eight for 12 from the floor and finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds. Jonathan Rodriguez, who came into the game averaging a league high 21.8 points and second-best 9.8 rebounds, was held to just 11 points and eight boards thanks in large part to the defensive efforts of sophomore forward Sheldon Oliver (Orlando, Fla.)
Ahead by 11 points at halftime, Stetson found itself being forced by tough
After giving up an opening three-pointer to Bishop, Stetson scored the game’s next nine points to assume early control. The Hatters hit their first seven free throw attempts to help them maintain a two-possession lead for much of the first half.
Bishop hit another trey with about four and a half minutes left to whittle Stetson’s lead to 24-21, but the Hatters would respond. Smith converted a three-point play to make it a two-possession lead again and later capped the half in style with a three-pointer at the buzzer. Smith led all scorers in the first half with 11 as the Hatters took a 34-23 advantage into the locker room.
Blair had seven points and three assists before halftime while Oliver grabbed a game-high six rebounds. Bishop tallied 10 points for
The Hatters are back in action Friday, Jan. 31 when they return to the