In front of lively Saturday night crowd, the Stetson Hatters men’s basketball team recorded their 300th all-time win at the
“The guys did a fantastic job,” said head coach Derek Waugh. “This game was a lot like the last three that we’ve lost, but I am proud of the guys for hanging in there and getting it done.”
Stetson held Lipscomb to only five field goals on 20.8% shooting in the second half. The Bisons hit only one of 11 three-point attempts in a complete reversal of January’s game in
The Hatters, meanwhile, connected on 24 of 43 shots and went 8-for-19 beyond the arc. It was Stetson’s most prolific offensive output since mid-January. Kris Thomas topped the Hatters with 12 on 4-for-5 shooting. A.J Smith and Eric Diaz each pitched in 10.
Early on it appeared the night would go much as did in January when the Hatters dropped a 79-68 decision in
Thomas connected on a rare four-point play to immediately shave the deficit to seven and spark a 26-10 Stetson run. Freshmen Smith and Sheldon Oliver made key baskets during the run as the Hatters bench posted a season-high 34 points.
“Brandon Williams, A.J. and Sheldon played great,” said Waugh. “They got us right back there and when we put the starters back in they fed off that energy.”
Stetson nurtured the late run in the first half to build as much as a 12-point lead. The Hatters scored 14 of the first 18 points in the second half to go on top 55-43 with 12:51 remaining.
Lipscomb steadily chipped away and pulled within three on a Fisk lay-up with 5:44 left. Fisk was easily the game’s top scorer with 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field and perfect 7-for-7 performance at the line. Michael Lusk was the only other Bison in double figures with 12.
Though the Hatters failed to score over the final 3:50, Lipscomb hit just one field goal and three free throws during the same period. Trey Williams missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won the game for the Bisons.
“I thought for sure that three was going in,” said Waugh, “but the basketball gods were smiling on us tonight.”
The Hatters bench out-scored Lipscomb 34-10. Smith’s 10 points led that effort, while Sheldon Oliver put in eight, J.J. Hirst hit two threes and Williams stuck in five, including a long three before halftime.
The victory was the 300th all-time win at the
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