DeLand, Fla. - Freshman Luis Jacobo (Sanford, Fla.) pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds and finished the game with his first career double-double yet it wasn't enough for Stetson (7-21, 5-12 A-Sun) to hold on in the end. Campbell (12-15, 6-11 A-Sun) came back from an 8-point second half deficit to defeat the Hatters 64-61 in the Edmunds Center. With the win the Camels swept the season series and pulled a game ahead of the Hatters in the race for the final A-Sun Tournament spot with three games remaining in the season.
"Throughout the game I thought our three freshmen that have played well all year were competitors but they needed help. Graeme played hard and Joel made a few shots but in the end we just didn't make enough plays", said Stetson head coach Derek Waugh. "Ultimately we are not going to win when we make three steals and shoot a robust 54 percent from the line. They started fouling us when they saw we were going to miss."
With 14:56 remaining and the score tied at 36 Steve Forbes (Clermont, Fla.) started a 10-2 Hatter run with a layup. Joel Narburgs (Victoria, Australia) was next with a 3-pointer at 14:11 and then Jacobo took over the game. On the ensuing play Jacobo stole the ball from Campbell's Junard Hartley on the defensive end and then ran the floor hard and sailed to the basket for an authoritative slam dunk. After he was fouled the and-one gave the Hatters their largest lead of the game at 44-36. Including the 3-point play Jacobo scored the next 16 points for Stetson.
"Lew wanted the ball, he wanted the ball, he was playing hard and he was making shots. I give him a lot of credit, he was our spark in the second half", said Waugh.
With the good came the bad. Half way through Jacobo's run fellow freshman Corey Walden went up for a 3-pointer and came down awkwardly on his left foot. Stetson's spark plug all season and a leading candidate for A-Sun Freshman of the Year was done for the game, and could possibly be out for the remainder season.
With the Hatters' quarterback off the floor the Camels finished the game on 22-11 run and took home the 3-point win. This was the 5th game this season that Stetson has lost by three points or less.
Stetson out rebounded Campbell 37-35 and finished with a team season-high of eight blocked shots. Both teams shot exactly 40.8% (20-for-49) from the field and Stetson hit seven three pointers to just one for the Camels. The difference once again was poor free throw shooting by the Hatters. Campbell hit 23-of-36 attempts (63.9%) while Stetson could manage just 14-for-26 (53.8%).
The first half was one of the more physical periods of play the Hatters have been involved in this season. The teams combined for 34 fouls with 15 being whistled on Stetson. There were 38 free throw attempts compared to 51 from the field.
Next up the Hatters hit the road for their final road game of the season against FGCU on Monday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. Stetson fans can catch the games on A-Sun TV by tuning into Hatter Vision. Be sure to follow the Hatters on Twitter at @StetsonSID, on Facebook at Stetson Athletics, and check out the Stetson Hatters channel onYouTube.