Fourth Quarter Surge Lifts Hatters to ASUN Quarterfinal Win
DeLand, Fla. — It took a while for the Hatters offense to get going Friday night, but once it did, it was lights out.
Stetson scored 27 fourth quarter points, hitting 4-of-6 shots from behind the arc, to defeat USC Upstate 70-49 in the ASUN Quarterfinals Friday night at the Edmunds Center.
The top-seeded Hatters (25-5) extended their win streak to 14 in a row and advance to host fourth-seeded Kennesaw State in the ASUN Semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“It felt like the first half was kind of slow for us,” Stetson head coach Lynn Bria said. “It felt like the lid was on the basket. I thought we had some good looks but didn’t put them in.
“I thought the second half was better, but the fourth quarter is really where the offense opened up for us. We finally started hitting some shots on the perimeter which I think opened up the game.”
Stetson’s defense helped forced 20 USC Upstate turnovers and did not allow a fastbreak lay-up the entire game.
“I thought our defense was good for 40 minutes,” Bria said. “I don’t have any complaints about our defense.”
Stetson hit 10 3-pointers in the game, including four from Saunders and three from Beach. The Hatters also hit 10-of-11 free throws and outrebounded the Spartans (9-21) 30-28.
Stetson advances to the ASUN semifinals for the seventh year in a row.
The Hatters own the sixth-longest active win streak in the nation (14 games) … Stetson’s 25-5 record is the team’s best 30-game mark ever … The Hatters are two wins shy of their single-season record of 27 … Stetson won the first quarter (16-10) for the 15th game in a row … McKenna Beach (4) and DeAsia Beal (3) combined for seven steals … The Hatters are 24-1 when leading after three quarters … Stetson has held 11 opponents under 50 points this year.