The Stetson Hatters came into Tallahassee shooting a woeful 19% from behind the arc. You would never have known it however as the Hatters connected on 13 of 32 three pointers nearly pulling off the upset of Florida State.
FSU however apparently contracted the Hatters’ three point difficulties in shooting a horrendous 1-10 from behind the line, a bomb that Uche Echefu canned from above the key at the 13:25 mark of the first half.
The saving grace for the Seminoles however came at the free throw line where the ‘Noles were 28 of 24 to Stetson’s 8 of 13.
It was Toney Douglas’ two charity shots with 1:02 that was the final margin of victory. Following a missed runner by Douglas with nine seconds left in the game a driving layup by A.J. Smith was no good but would have been called off as Smith charged sealing the win for the 3-0 Seminoles.
FSU jumped out to a 7-4 lead before Stetson canned three wide open three pointers all from above the key giving the Hatters a 14-10 lead.
It was back and forth with Stetson taking a 27-24 lead on yet another wide open three from above the key. this time by Eric Diaz at the 5:30 mark.
At that point FSU increased their defensive intensity getting hands into the passing lanes, forcing Stetson in to turnovers or poor shots that led to easy run outs (three baskets of which were attributable to the pinpoint passing of Luke Loucks) or foul shots.
FSU held the Hatters scoreless over that final 5:30 outscoring them 19-0 to lead 43-27 at the half.
It looked like FSU finally had control of the game.
Stetson had something else in mind.