With 10:30 remaining in the game CSU’s Chris Moore hit a 3-pointer to give the visitors a 10-point lead. Considering recent results for the Hatters the momentum may have seemed insurmountable. However, 25 seconds later Stetson sophomore Mark Lohuis (Vero Beach, Fla., Vero Beach HS) displayed the true character of this team with a 3-pointer to put the Hatters back within seven. It was a hoop that ignited a team and a 33-20 run in the final 10 minutes of the game.
With 3:33 remaining Diaz hit his third 3-pointer, pumped his fist into the air, and gave the home team a lead it would not relinquish. Diaz scored all 15 of his points in the second half. He was 5-for-8 from the field, 3-for-6 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Diaz’s long distance shots and his ensuing enthusiasm added fuel to Stetson’s fire.
As a team the Hatters were 0-for-10 from 3-point range in the first half. In the second, they improved to 6-for-15 for 40%. Overall from the field the team shot 48% in the second half compared to 33% in the first. In the end it was the 3-pointers that turned the team in the right direction. Daiz finished with three, Lohuis had two, and Brandon Williams (
When they were not shooting threes, Blair was the go-to-man. For the third consecutive game he was the team’s leading scorer with 20+ points. Today he was 6-for-12 from the field and 10-for-14 from the line for 22 points. He also led the team under the glass with six rebounds.
In the last game against Longwood, the Hatters played tremendous offense, yet suffered from turnovers and were lackluster on defense. Neither negative was true today. Stetson hustled all over the court and turned the ball over just eight times compared to 21 for the Buccaneers.
Also scoring in double-figures for the Hatters was point guard A.J. Smith (
Stetson will begin the conference season on the road this Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. at
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If today was an indication, the Hatters are on the right path and ready get the A-Sun ball rolling.