The Stetson men's basketball team (8-10, 5-2), winners of
four straight and sitting atop the Atlantic Sun Conference standings after
Thursday's win, returns to action on Saturday hosting Lipscomb (7-10, 2-4) in a
3:15 p.m. contest broadcast live on ESPN3*.
"The NKU win was not a thing of beauty, but I'm proud we
didn't panic," Stetson head coach Casey Alexander said of Thursday night's
victory. "We'll take double figure wins
any time." He went on to reference the team's current place in the A-Sun by
saying, "Standings are only relevant when the season is over, although I am
glad Hatter fans have some wins to celebrate."
Stetson fans have had eight wins to celebrate, which is just
one victory shy of matching last year's mark of nine wins. That was, in fact, the best record for the
Hatters since 2008-09, and Stetson still has 11 regular season games remaining
on the schedule.
There is still a long way to go though, as Lipscomb comes to
DeLand on Saturday after a huge 87-78 overtime victory over Florida Gulf Coast
on Thursday. Losing five-of-six before
making the trip to Florida, the Bisons are now 2-4 in league play and 7-10
overall in 2012-13.
"Lipscomb showed everybody what they're capable of in their
win at FGCU," Alexander said. "To rally
from two poor performances and get that road win is impressive. Even more impressive was the rally within the
game when they recovered from large deficits on multiple occasions."
Deonta Alexander, who is one of four Bisons averaging in
double figures this season, scored a career-high 29 points against the Eagles
on Thursday. Three-time A-Sun Newcomer
of the Week Stephen Hurt finished the night with 16 points and 12 rebounds for
his sixth double-double of the season.
"Alexander was huge for them in the second half and we're
aware of what he can do because his previous career-high was at the Edmunds
Center last year," Coach Alexander said of the Lipscomb guard. "Hurt's numbers are as impressive as any
player in the league. He's a real force down low."
Lipscomb holds a slight 11-10 advantage in the all-time
series between these two teams, which dates back to a 67-59 Bison victory in
DeLand on Dec. 19, 1962. The Hatters
hold a decisive 8-3 advantage though, when in the friendly confines of home. Lipscomb has won the last three meetings,
including bother overtime games in 2011-12.
Saturday's game will be part of a doubleheader with the
Stetson women's basketball team on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Paul Crane and Sonny Smith will be on the
call for those watching online. The game
will also be aired on WSBB 1230 AM, 1490 AM, and www.MyAM1230.com with commentary from Robbie
Aaron and Ryan Rouse. Live Stats, the
@StetsonMBB Twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game
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