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Although Stetson finished with a 36-32 advantage in rebounding, the key statistic was turnovers. The Hatters lost the ball 21 times in the game and the Dolphins took advantage by scoring 23 points off the mishaps. JU also pushed the ball up the floor well scoring 20 fast break points to just two for Stetson.
Stetson fell behind by 10 points with 14:53 to play and then showed tremendous heart making a charge midway through the second half. After consecutive three pointers by Lohuis the Hatters were back to within three points at 49-46 with 10:12 on the clock. The teams traded baskets for the next three minutes and the deficit remained at three at 7:57 after Blair sank a pair of free throws.
That was as close as Stetson would get to JU. As the Hatters cooled off the Dolphins heated up and scored 13 of the next 15 points and jumped ahead by 14 points. A trey by Tim Lang at 2:14 made the score 68-60, yet the Dolphins finished the game with a 13-6 run and a 15-point win.
“They made some big plays coming down the stretch,” said head coach Derek Waugh. “We knew coming in this would be a tough win for us so we just need to play through this and regroup.”
Stetson opened the first half playing well and jumped out to a 10-3 lead. Smith and Blair knocked down treys in the opening run. After the first media timeout
The action went back and forth until 6:11 when Tim Lang delivered a field goal to make put the Hatters up 20-18. At that point in the period Jacksonville went on an 11-0 run to take a nine point lead and then maintained the pressure to take a 38-28 advantage into the locker room.
Stetson will conclude the regular season with a game at