|Club Basketball Makes Playoffs in First Tournament|
The Stetson Basketball Club traveled to Georgia Southern to compete in the NCCS Regional Basketball Tournament. Stetson was slotted to play in Pool B with Savannah State and Howard University. In their first game of pool play, Stetson was matched against Savannah State. The game was tied late at 42-42 until Troy Hagan forced a turnover at half court and got fouled on the lay-up attempt. With just 4.0 seconds left on the clock, Hagan made 1-2 free throws to give Stetson the 43-42 victory. Diego Morales was the player of the game scoring 12 points and having 6 assists. Two other Hatters, Spence Purnell and Vito Swarzak, scored 10 points apiece in the victory over Savannah State. In their second game of pool play Stetson faced off against Howard University. Howard started the game strong building up at 14 point lead at halftime. With two minutes left, Stetson was able to cut the lead down to 4 points with a 3-point shot made by Purnell, but that would be the closest Stetson came. Purnell finished the game with 18 points to lead the Hatters, followed by Swarzak with 13. Shane Scovil helped on the defensive end by recording 4 blocks in the game.
At the end of pool play, Stetson was 1-1 and qualified for the playoff bracket of the NCCS Regional and saw the Seahawks of UNC-Wilmington in the first round of play. The Seahawks ran away with the game by building a sizable first half lead and coasting in the second half for an easy 53-36 victory, ending the Hatters tournament hopes. In the game, Purnell scored 23 points and recorded 8 rebounds. Purnell was the 6th leading scorer of the entire tournament, averaging 17 points per game. In addition to scoring Purnell also averaged 6 rebounds and 2 steals per game, which helped him earn all-tournament honors. Swarzak averaged 10 points per game for the Hatters, Morales averaged 6 points per game and 5 assists per game, and Shane Scovil added 2 blocks per game for the Hatters. The Hatters return to action in the Swamp Shootout in Gainesville, Florida March 15th through 17th.
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