Statistically Stetson played one of its better games of the season shooting 45.9% from the field, outrebounding its opponent 34-31, and finishing with an advantage in points scored in the paint (44-26), second-chance points (20-12), and fast break points (6-2). In the end however, it was the Tigers free throw shooting that made the difference. SSU was 20-for-23 from the line, while Stetson hit 8-of-12.
Savannah State had five players who scored in double-figures led by Tracy Rankins with 24. Stetson senior A.J. Smith (Cocoa, Fla.) scored 15 points to push his career total to 1,269, 15th all-time on the Hatters' scoring list. Fellow senior Mark Lohuis (Vero Beach, Fla.) equaled his career-high of nine rebounds and dished out a career-high six assists to go along with eight points. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. Freshman Liam McInerney (Victoria, Australia) continued his strong play of late with eight points in 21 minutes on the floor.
After falling behind by 14 points at the half (37-23), Stetson managed to get back to within six points twice in the second both times on layups by Graham.
The Hatters were hoping to gain some momentum in tonight's non-conference game. They now have three A-Sun games remaining and must win all three and hope for North Florida to lose out in order to earn a berth in the upcoming conference tournament. Never say never Hatter fans.
"A couple years ago Savannah came in here and beat us late in the year and then we went on to win the last three conference games. I am not sure if this group has it in them, but I sure hope they do", said Stetson head coach Derek Waugh.
Next up the Hatters will remain home to take on Belmont on Thursday night at 8:15 p.m. Stetson fans can see the game on Hatter Vision by going to www.gohatters.com. The voice of Stetson men's basketball Murray Miller will call the action with Harry "Chat Man" Arnold providing the color.