TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2002
Men's Basketball Drops Decision To Stetson, 68-58

Jan 22, 2002

Box Score

DeLand, Fla. -- Alexis McMillan and Santos Hampton each scored 14 points as Stetson knocked off conference leader Jacksonville 68-58 Tuesday night in an Atlantic Sun Conference game at the Edmunds Center. Stetson (7-10, 4-7 A-Sun) wins its second in a row while earning a split in the season series with the Dolphins. Jacksonville (14-6, 8-3 A-Sun) had won four in a row and eight of nine.

The Hatters jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but Jacksonville countered with a 17-3 run to grab its biggest lead of the game at 19-10. Derrick DeWitt, who was just 2-for-19 in his last three games, drained three-three pointers late in the first half to help pull Stetson to within 28-27 at halftime.

The game was tied six times over the first 11 minutes of the second half before the Hatters made their move. Joe McNeal hit a three and a lay-up to put Stetson ahead by five. The lead fluctuated between three and five over the next eight minutes. Then, with 1:12 left, McMillan broke out of a full-court press and dished off to Hampton for a lay-up that put Stetson ahead by six. Ravii Givens went 10-for-10 from the free throw line including four makes in the final minute as Stetson came away with the victory.

"We challenged our guys to come out and play hard, and I'm really proud of they way they took the challenge," Hatter head coach Derek Waugh said. "Jacksonville is a great shot-blocking team, and in the second half we were more aggressive and made them work harder on defense. We also had some guys step up and knock down some big shots when we needed them."

Jacksonville remains in a first-place tie with Samford atop the Atlantic Sun standings as the Bulldogs fell to Jacksonville State on Tuesday night.

"This is a start of a new season," McMillan said. "We just beat the number one team, and we need to start stacking wins on top of wins."

Calvin Warner had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dolphins, who shot just 29 percent in the second half and 37 percent for the game. Stetson shot 48 percent in the second half and 41 percent for the game. "Grit, determination, battle, emotion. That's what teams need to win games," Dolphin head coach Hugh Durham said. "They played harder than we did tonight."