FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Men’s basketball three-game win streak snapped in tough loss to Mercer

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Saturday’s game resulted in the season’s largest margin of defeat

By Sean McKnight, Sports Editor

 

The men’s basketball team travelled up to Macon, Georgia this past Saturday, riding a three-game win streak high and took on league-leading Mercer Bears who ended up snapping Stetson’s win streak with a lopsided 87-49 win. The score was the season’s largest margin of defeat so far.

Senior Willie Green was able to win the opening tip off and score the first bucket and giving the Hatters an early 2-0 lead over the challenging Bears. However, Mercer took off with a demoralizing 26-2 run during the next seven or so minutes.

Just midway through the first half, the Hatters were already facing an insurmountable lead for any team. Even though the Hatters played hard through the rest of the first half, it was nearly impossible for them to come back and the Bears sealed the game up nicely for themselves hardly midway through the first.

At halftime, the Bears had a 49-24 lead after Stetson were able to go for a 11-2 run late in the first to ease the deficit from 31 to 22 with just over two minutes left to play in the first half.

As the second period commenced, Mercer again came out with the intensity they had early on in the first period and continued to extend their already staggering lead. Mercer lead by nearly 45 points before sealing their 87-49 win.

The Bears had an outstanding offensive attack thanks to many players who scored in the double digits, whether it was in the paint or from beyond the arc. Their defense was also on point being able to turn the ball over on pivotal drives and get rebounds to set up their own offensive attack.

Willie Green finished with 10 points and five rebounds to lead the Hatters. Senior guard Raymone Andrews added nine points and a team high four assists in the bout against the Bears.

With the win, Mercer improved to 17-5 overall and 7-1 in the A-Sun while the Hatters dropped down to 6-15 overall and 4-5 in the A-Sun.

Although this was a tough loss for the Hatters, there is still plenty of games left this season to secure themselves a berth in the A-Sun tournament in March.

The Hatters need to learn some valuable lessons from this loss and grow not only as individual players but as a team to be able to take on second place FGCU tomorrow.

Stetson has the weapons on defense and offense and when they’re on, they’re on. The only problem is when they cannot convert early on and get some points on the board, they usually fall to the opponent they are playing.

If they can stick to fundamental basketball, keep the ball moving on offense and keep the tempo high, they will be able to crush any in conference opponents for the latter half of this season.

Coach Corey Williams said it best: “It didn’t feel like we played to the level we are capable of playing… Mercer had a lot to do with that. They played outstanding. They shot the ball very well. Anytime you’re playing the number one team in your league, you’re margin for error is extremely small.”

 

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