|Smith and Blair Lead Hatters to Win Over Tigers|
The Hatters finished their non-conference season undefeated at home with a 4-0 record.
Coming out of the locker room Blair was all business scoring five points in the first minute and a half and totaling 16 in the period. Smith finished what Blair had started as he added 17 to his scoring total.
After the visitors’ four point halftime lead was increased to six, the Hatters quickly worked their way back into the game. At 17:22 Eric Diaz (
The Tigers would even the score twice more in the half, yet could not retake the lead. After SSU pulled even for the second time Smith delivered a long ball from the left corner at 12:48 to make the score 40-37.
Throughout the first period the Tigers were able to get the ball inside the paint for high percentage opportunities. They shot 50% (12-for-24) from the field. The Hatters were at 39.1% hitting just nine of 23 opportunities.
Stetson turned that statistic around after the break. By the under 12 minute timeout the Hatters had assumed the advantage in accuracy from the field and finished the game with a 48.9% to 42.6% advantage.
Smith was at it again with another 3-pointer at 8:33 and the lead was 45-39 Stetson. Then, after drawing a foul and a subsequent technical called on the Tigers bench, Smith knocked down four consecutive free throws to make the score 55-45. On the night Smith was 7-for-11 from the field, 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, and 5-for-7 from the line.
Just prior to the final media timeout back to back layups by Blair and Sheldon Oliver (
After a dismal 3-for-11 effort in free throws in the first half, Stetson was an impressive 12-for-14 in the second and ended up shooting 60% from the line. The Hatters were 5-for-19 for 26.3% from long range while the Tigers came up empty in that category missing all 13 attempts. Stetson out rebounded
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