Johnson City, Tenn. - Four Hatters scored in double figures in Stetson's 54-52 road win over Atlantic Sun Conference foe ETSU Thursday night in Johnson City, Tennessee. Down by eight at the half (27-19), Stetson (4-11, 2-5) hit seven second half 3-pointers to upend the defending A-Sun Champion Buccaneers (8-9, 4-2).
Mark Lohuis (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Brandon Williams (Miami, Fla.) each scored 12 points to lead the offensive charge for Stetson. It was a season high for Lohuis who nailed 4-of-10, all from long range. A.J. Smith (cocoa, Fla.) and Ridge Graham (Stuart, Fla.) each added 10 points. Liam McInerney (Victoria, Australia) led the team with a career-high seven rebounds.
When the second half opened ETSU dropped a three pointer to extend its lead to a game-high 11 points. Twenty-two seconds later Graham hit a layup and the momentum shifted to Stetson. Treys by Lohuis and Williams, followed by another Graham layup and the Hatters were down by just one.
After some back-and-forth play Joel Naburgs (Victoria, Australia) buried a three pointer at 12:35 and Stetson had its first lead since it held a 5-2 advantage in the first half. Over the next 8 minutes and 48 seconds the lead changed hands twice and score became deadlocked four times.
With 3:46 remaining McInerney knocked down a jumper and Stetson possessed the lead for good. A clutch pair of Smith free throws and a missed layup at the buzzer by the Bucs and Stetson had its second conference win of the season. It was the second consecutive season the Hatters defeated the Buccaneers in Johnson City, and the third year in a row Stetson has picked up at least one win over ETSU.
"The guys played very hard, scrappy, and most importantly very smart tonight", said Stetson head coach Derek Waugh. "I am very happy for them."
It was a team effort as eight of nine Hatters who touched the floor marked the scoring column. Overall Stetson shot 42.2% (19-45) from the field and 40.0% (10-25) from beyond the arc, while holding ETSU to 38.3% (18-47) from the field, 14.3% (2-14) from 3-point territory, and just 52 points. It was Stetson's best scoring defense effort of the season as ETSU equaled its lowest scoring output of 2009-10 (74-52 loss to Alabama-Birmingham on December 4, 2009).
Next up for the Hatters is the second half of the road trip against Campbell on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. Hatters fans can catch the action by logging onto their Hatter Vision accounts to watch the simulcast of CU's Fighting Camel Zone broadcast.