The good news for Stetson was that junior guard Garfield Blair (
Blair however, was only the first to go as five of Stetson’s top six scorers, and four of the game’s starting five were relegated to the bench due to fouls in a very physical basketball game. Mark Lohuis (Vero Beach/Vero Beach HS), A.J. Smith (
Stetson opened the game with a 16-3 run. With 8:30 remaining in the first half the Hatters went up by a game-high 19 points (27-8) when sophomore guard Brandon Williams (
Stetson started out slow in the second half scoring just four points and picking up eight team fouls in the first nine minutes. The Dolphins converted seven free throws and scored 19 points in that span for a four point lead (47-43). Stetson came back to score the next 11 points and led 54-47 with 9:16 remaining.
After Blair put the Hatters up by 10 with 3:18 remaining the Dolphins worked the lead down until Ben Smith hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 73 with 34 seconds remaining. A 3-point attempt by Diaz with 10 seconds on the clock and a desperation shot by Smith at the other end both fell short and the game went into overtime.
After an even 6-6 first overtime kept the game alive, Brandon Williams tied the game on a dramatic 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in the second extra period. As the third overtime wound down however, and Stetson’s top scorers on the bench for nearly 15 minutes, the Hatters could not hold on and were outscored 9-5.
Stetson had five players finish in double figures led by Blair’s 20 points. Smith had 17, Thomas had a season-high 15, Kris Thomas (
With the loss Stetson dropped to 4-10 overall and 0-1 in A-Sun play.