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Blairís Fifth Double-Double Leads Hatters to Win over Owls
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/14/2009
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DeLand, Fla. - Orlando’s Garfield Blair scored  22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season to lead Stetson (13-12, 9-7) to a 59-39 Atlantic Sun Conference win over Kennesaw State (7-17, 3-12) Saturday night in the Edmunds Center. Fellow Orlando native Sheldon Oliver scored 11 points and Kris Thomas (Lithonia, Ga.) added nine points and hit the boards for a career-high 10 rebounds.

 

Tonight the Hatters played a game that was never really in doubt. In the first six minutes Blair scored six points, Mark Lohuis (Vero Beach, Fla.) knocked down a 3-pointer, Thomas laid one off the glass, and Stetson was off to a game-opening 13-4 run.

 

After KSU pulled to within four points at 20-16, Stetson heated up and finished the first half with a 13-4 run highlighted by a Thomas trey with 19 seconds remaining. The Hatters enjoyed a 13-point lead heading into the locker room.    

 

Stetson shot an impressive 60.9% from the field in the first half including a 7-for-17 effort from beyond the arc. On the other end of the floor the Hatters held the Owls to 26.7% and just 20 points.

 

Although the offense cooled down in the second half, the defense remained intense. In the end Stetson allowed just 39 points which is the lowest output by a conference opponent this season and is just four points from the Hatters’ all-time record for points allowed (35) set earlier this season against Webber International.

 

Offensively Stetson outscored KSU 26-12 in the paint, 12-5 off turnovers, and 6-2 on fast break opportunities. Plus, the Hatters bench outscored the Owls’ 15-8.

 

On the night Stetson hit seven three point field goals which gives it 204 on the season. The team is now just six treys shy of the school’s all-time record of 210 set in the 1991-92 season. The Hatters have already broken the all-time mark of 619 three-point attempts set in 1991-92. After tonight’s game they have a total of 644 on the season.

 

The Hatters closed the game out with a 9-2 burst for the 20-point win and set their sights on Monday’s final home game against Mercer.

 

“Mercer is playing as well as anyone in the conference,” said head coach Derek Waugh. “They will be a huge test for us.” 

 

Monday is also senior day, the final home game in the careers of Garfield Blair, Tim Lang, Kris Thomas and Eric Diaz. Stetson fans are hoping Diaz will be able to return to the lineup after suffering what may be a broken nose Thursday night against Savannah State.

 

The voices of Stetson men’s basketball Murray Miller and Harry Arnold will broadcast Monday’s action; the play-by-play and analysis can be heard on Hatter Vision at www.gohatters.com, the official online home of Stetson Athletics. The game’s video feed will also be available through A-Sun TV and on Hatter Vision.

 

Tickets for all Stetson home games are available on line at www.gohatters.com. For more information call the Stetson University Ticket Office at (386) 822-8110 or email at Hattertickets@stetson.edu

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