|Hatters Chill Out in Loss to Owls|
Graham had 15 points and eight rebounds against KSU.
Courtesy: Jim Hogue Photos
DeLand, Fla. - Stetson (5-13, 3-7) could not maintain the heat it generated Friday night in its win over Mercer and as a consequence fell 75-59 to Kennesaw State (8-12, 3-6) Sunday afternoon in the Edmunds Center. Senior guard A.J. Smith (Cocoa, Fla.) led the Hatters with 17 points, while redshirt freshman Ridge Graham (Stuart, Fla.) tallied a dozen second half points on his way to 15 for the game. Markeith Cummings led all scorers with 19 points for the Owls.
Cold shooting was an issue for the Hatters who finished 22-of-60 for 36.7%, compared to a KSU team that hit 53.2% (25-for-47) of its shots.
Coming out of the halftime locker room down by 12 Stetson was able to reduce the deficit to seven points on a Graham layup with 18:17 left to play. KSU answered with a jumper by Matt Heramb and a layup by Cummings to push the lead back to 11. The Hatters were not able to get under double-digits for the remainder of the game.
It was "one of those games" for Stetson as luck was not on its side Sunday. Jump shots were just missing and layups were circling the rim and falling out. At one point in the second half the Hatters were 0-for-10 on layup attempts.
Friday against Mercer Stetson never trailed in the game. Sunday against Kennesaw State the opposite was true. Although the Hatters never led in the game, the first half did show some promise. After falling behind 7-0, Stetson went on a 9-2 run to tie the score with a 3-point play by Graham and a pair of long balls by Smith.
With 7:57 remaining in the first half Mark Lohuis (Vero Beach, Fla.) buried a 3-pointer to get the Hatters to within five at 24-19. KSU, however, closed the half with a 14-7 run.
Lohuis, who seems to have returned to form in the past few games was 4-of-10 in the game from the field and tied with Graham for the team lead and a season-high in rebounds with eight. Brandon Williams (Miami, Fla.) was the game's top assist man with five, and also top steal man with a trio of thefts. Williams has 16 assists in the past four games.
Next up for Stetson is a road game on Wednesday January 27 at 7:30 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast. The Hatters defeated the Eagles 72-64 at home on December 29. The game can be seen on A-Sun TV at www.atlanticsun.org.
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