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Season-High by Blair Not Enough as Hatters Fall to Hurricanes
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  11/29/2008
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Oliver with season-high 11 points at Miami.
by: Stetson University
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Coral Gables, Fla. Garfield Blair (Orlando, Fla.) delivered a season-high 25 points to lead all scorers and Kris Thomas (Livonia, Ga.) chipped in 14 points, all in the second half, yet Stetson (2-3) fell short 79-65 to #21 Miami (4-1) Saturday afternoon in Coral Gables. Miami came in ranked # 21 in the ESPN/USA Today poll and #22 by the Associated Press.

 

“Coming in we had the utmost respect for Miami. To win a game like this we need to have an unbelievable shooting night. We didn’t have that but I have to give our guys a lot of credit for keeping their heads in it, playing hard, and making Miami work,” said Stetson head coach Derek Waugh.

 

Stetson shot a disappointing 33.8% from the field in a game where 50% or better would be necessary to pull an upset. It is a statistic that the Hatters will look to improve upon heading into the A-Sun conference schedule that begins this week. So far this season is averaging 34.2% from the field.

 

In the middle of the first half the Hurricanes went on a 10-0 run highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers by Eddie Rios. The result was a 14 point Miami lead at 30-16. Stetson fought back to keep it close. Sheldon Oliver (Orlando, Fla.) hit a jumper with 45 seconds remaining to send the Hatters into the locker room down by a dozen.

 

Blair led all scorers at the break with 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field, 2-for-3 from 3-point range and a perfect 3-for-3 from the line. He also added seven rebounds, two assists and a block.

 

Garfield was really good, we kept going to him and he scored 25 yet I think his best stat was not turning the ball over against a physical, quick team. I was really proud of his performance. We also had some other guys step up, particularly in the second half,” said Waugh.

 

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Thomas and Lang drew the Hatters to within 10 at 13:32. However, that was as close as Stetson would come. Thomas added three more treys down the stretch to finish 4-for-8 from long distance. Stetson traded baskets with Miami the rest of the way finishing with a 14-point deficit.

 

The Hatters had trouble containing the larger Hurricanes on the boards. Miami held a 48-36 advantage in that category. The visitors played well against one of the top teams in the country and put up a strong effort, yet in the end it was Stetson’s #1 nemesis poor shooting, along with a tough opponent that decided the game.

 

As a team Stetson had a solid night at the line hitting nine of 11 opportunities. Defensively they had a season-high seven blocked shots; two by Thomas and Mark Lohuis (Vero Beach, Fla.), and one each by Blair, Olivier Dupiton (Montreal, Canada), and Tim Lang (Victoria, Australia).

 

Oliver played very well hitting for a season-high 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the floor. A.J. Smith (Cocoa, Fla.) was just above his season average (4.25) with five assists.

 

The Hatters return home to host FGCU in their A-Sun Conference opener Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. The voices of Stetson men’s basketball Murray Miller and Harry Arnold will broadcast the action; their play-by-play and analysis can be heard through Hatter Vision at www.gohatters.com, the official online home of Stetson Athletics.

 

Tickets for all Stetson home games are available on line at www.gohatters.com. For more information call the Stetson University Ticket Office at (386) 822-8110 or email at Hattertickets@stetson.edu

 



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