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UNF Eases Past Hatters
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/21/2009
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Jacksonville, Fla. The Stetson men’s basketball team (13-14, 9-9 Atlantic Sun) came out flat to start both halves and never recovered, losing 78-66 at North Florida on Saturday.  Senior guard Garfield Blair (Orlando, Fla.) scored 26 points with seven rebounds to lead the Hatters.


Trailing by seven points at halftime, Stetson went through the same starting drought it did at the beginning of the game, failing to make a field goal for the first 7:05 of the half.  That slump proved fatal as the Hatters did not get back within single digits again.


Besides Blair, junior guard A.J. Smith (Cocoa, Fla.) scored 16 points with four assists and senior guard Kris Thomas (Lithonia, Ga.) finished with 12 points and five rebounds.  Junior forward Sheldon Oliver (Orlando, Fla.) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.


Eni Cuka hit five three-pointers and finished with 21 points to lead the Ospreys, who also got 15 points and seven rebounds from Cortez Riley along with 12 and 11 points, respectively, from Zach Riggins and Stan Januska.


Stetson did not score for the first four minutes and 10 seconds of the game until Smith hit a three-pointer; fortunately for the Hatters, UNF only managed two points over the same time frame.  The Hatters did not make a two-point field goal for the first 7:16 of the game until sophomore center Graeme Radford (Melbourne, Australia) converted a second-chance bucket in the paint to bring Stetson within 11-8.


UNF led by as many as 13 points in the first half before the Hatters went on a 5-0 burst to cut the lead to 28-20 with six minutes to go before halftime.  Stetson’s three-point shooting kept it in the game as five of its six three-point attempts in the first half found the bottom of the net.  The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way into the locker room as halftime found the Ospreys ahead 37-30.


Smith led all scorers with 12 points while Thomas had nine as well for Stetson.  Cuka’s 10 points paced North Florida.


The Hatters take on league-leading Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena at 7 p.m. Monday evening.  A-Sun.TV is available for the contest and Murray Miller’s audio commentary can be heard through Hatter Vision at, the official online home of Stetson Athletics.

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