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McMillen Makes Senior Day Special
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/18/2007
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Gabe McMillen is carried off the court after his free throws sealed a...
by: Stetson University
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(DeLand, Fla.) -- Gabe McMillen stood at the free throw line with 5.5 seconds remaining and calmly hit two free throws to seal a 62-57 win over Jacksonville.  It was the final home game for McMillen, who finished with a game-high 21 points and was carried off the floor on the shoulders of his teammates. 


JU guard Ben Smith had a chance to tie it with 19 seconds left, but missed two free throws. Stetson’s Tim Lang hit one of two from the line to give the Dolphins one more chance, but Jesse Kimbrough’s three-pointer bounced off the rim and landed in the hands of McMillen, setting up his decisive free throws.


The Hatters (11-17, 6-10) won their third straight game, making it the longest winning streak of the year for Stetson.  Jacksonville (14-12, 12-6) entered the contest as perhaps the hottest team in the conference, having won seven of their previous eight contests.  The Dolphins hit 50% of their field goals but only 10-of-21 free throws, including 4-for-12 in the second half. 


JU jumped out to a 13-4 lead five minutes into the game.  Stetson pulled within one at the 8:36 mark before Jacksonville responded with a 10-2 run to regain the nine-point advantage.  However the Hatters kept the Dolphins off the scoreboard for the final 3:25 and an A.J. Smith three-pointer ignited a 9-0 Stetson run that brought Stetson to a halftime tie at 28. 


McMillen led the second-half charge for Stetson, scoring 14 of his 21 points after the break.  His three-pointer with 11:20 left tied the score at 44 and started a 13-4 run that put the Hatters on top 57-48 with 5:39 to go. Jacksonville did not fade away, however and held Stetson to just two points over the next 5:20 to get within 59-57.  


Eric Diaz was the only other Hatter in double figures.  He scored 11 points as the Stetson bench out-scored JU’s 31-12.  Kimbrough led the Dolphins with 13 and Smith added 11. 


With the 21-point effort, McMillen moved past the 700-point plateau for his career.  His four assists Sunday gave him 240 while at Stetson and his four steals put his career total at 144, which ranks sixth in school history.  The point guard from Largo, Fla. leads the 2006-07 Hatters in assists, steals, and minutes and is second in points. 

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