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Hatters Convert Free Throws, Control Tempo to Clip Campbell
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  01/15/2007
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J.J. Hirst scored 10 points with 5 rebounds against Campbell.
by: Stetson University
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The Hatters largely controlled the tempo against the nation’s 7th-highest scoring team in a 82-73 victory Monday night at the Edmunds Center.  The Hatters canned 33 of 41 free throws to defeat the Camels and break a 4-game losing streak.  

“I thought overall we did a good job of playing ball control,” said head coach Derek Waugh. “I think our defense was as good as it has been in a while and that helped us create 26 turnovers.”    

Four Hatters scored in double figures to counter a monster game from Campbell’s Jonathan Rodriguez.  The Camels freshman scored a game-high 30 points to go along with 12 rebounds.  He was 9-15 from the floor and 12-17 from the free throw line.   

Garfield Blair and Kris Thomas each netted 17 points to lead Stetson.  Blair grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds and Gabe McMillen managed four steals and three assists with his 15 points.  J.J. Hirst contributed 10 points, hitting 3-5 field goals and 3-4 free throws. 

“We’ve had to fight through lack of confidence and I told the team today it had to be a low possession game and I think they did a good job of that,” said Waugh. 

Following a sub-par performance Saturday against Gardner-Webb, the Hatters broke out to a 21-10 lead with 10:08 to play in the first half.  That advantage stayed near double digits until Campbell went on a 15-3 run over the final 5:05 to suddenly go into halftime with 32-30 lead.   

Stetson regained the lead early in the second half on a McMillen three-pointer and the Hatters never trailed again.  A 9-2 spurt over a two-minute stretch in the middle of the second half gave the Hatters a comfortable 55-41 lead with 8:20 to play.  On several occasions Campbell cut the lead to single-digits, but the Hatters 80.5% free throw shooting put the game away.   

“We were just hungry for a win,” said Waugh.  “Everyone who came in made a valuable contribution and it was a good locker room afterwards.”  

The Hatters next travel to North Florida for a 7:00 pm tip-off Thursday night in Jacksonville.  

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