The Hatters exploded out of the gate with an impressive 19-2 run over the Spartans and led by as many as 22 points in the first half. Blair led the way with 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field. Point guard A.J. Smith (
Coming out in the second Stetson pushed the lead up to 25 points when Smith knocked down a 3-pointer at 17:19. When the lead was still 20 with 8:13 on the clock, it looked like the Hatters would finally have a run away victory. However, the Spartans were not done.
Fifteen seconds later Upstate’s Josh Chavis (
The four point deficit was as close as the Spartans would get, however, as the Hatters pulled away at the end for a 72-64 victory. Blair surpassed the 20-point mark for the 8th time this season. Smith completed the one-two punch with 17, and Sheldon Oliver (
Tonight’s game was televised by Comcast Sports South and was played in front of a season-high home crowd of 2,945.
The victory pushed Stetson’s overall record to 11-13. With six A-Sun games remaining on the schedule, the Hatters have already equaled last season’s total of six conference wins (6-4). Stetson also pushed its impressive home court record to 7-1 in 2007-08. With the loss tonight USC Upstate dropped to 6-18 overall, 4-6 in A-Sun play
Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Stetson will play host to first place ETSU (8-2) who also won tonight 95-71 over