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GAME THREAD: Stetson vs FAU - 12/16/14 @ 7:00 PM

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What: Stetson (3-7) vs FAU (4-3)

When: Tuesday, Dec 16th @ 7:00 PM

WhereFAU Arena

TV: None

Live VideoHere *FEE

Radio: ESPN 106.3 FM

Live StatsHere

Hatters Team SiteHere

Probable Starters:


G Kentwan Smith 9.3 ppg
G Divine Miles 9.7 ppg
F Angel Rivera 7.4 ppg
F Kyle Sikora 2.4 ppg
F Brian Pegg 12.0 ppg


G Marquan Botley 12.1 ppg
G Justin Massey 9.7 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 12.6 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 5.4 ppg
C Justin Raffington 8.6 ppg

The Series:

The Stetson Hatters lead 18-15.

Stetson at a Glance:

Offense - 64.6 PPG, 47.7% FG, 33.7% 3PT

Defense - 72.5 PGA, 43.1% FGA, 35.3% 3PTA

Rebounding - 32.0 PG Team, 37.9 PG Opponents


Despite a career-high 15 points by Stetson's B.J. Glasford, the hatters were blown out by Davidson, 90-59, thanks to 16 three-pointers. The Hatters' defense has been suspect, giving up 24 treys in two games.
FAU should be able to continue its stinginess with the three-pointer as Stetson was only 7-of-31 from beyond the arc against Davidson. They were averaging 7 three-pointers.

Stetson has lost two in a row (IPFW and Davidson) and is 3-7 on the season. The Hatters have been idle since Dec. 6.
With seven scholarship true freshmen on the roster, according to Stetson SID Ricky Hazel, there is no way for the Hatters to escape the fact that they are a fairly young and inexperienced team. How inexperienced? Stetson is tied with five other schools as having the most scholarship true freshmen in the country. The others: Binghamton, Georgia Southern, St. Louis, Seton Hall, and UTSA

FAU at a Glance:

Offense - 60.3 PPG, 41.9% FG, 32.0% 3PT

Defense - 57.9 PGA, 39.2% FGA, 21.7% 3PTA

Rebounding - 32.1 PG Team, 34.9 PG Opponents


This will be the fourth meeting in the last three seasons between FAU and Stetson. The Hatters won last year's game in Deland 64-62, despite 10 points and eight rebounds by Justin Raffington. 

With Saturday's 54-41 drubbing of UCF in Orlando, FAU has now defeated the Knights two consecutive times. In 2013, the Owls beat the Knights 75-64 in Boca Raton, thanks to 13 points by Jackson Trapp and 11 by Marquan Botley. Trapp and freshman guard Malcolm Laws must have especially enjoyed their trip. They hail from the Orlando area.

While holding UCF without a field goal for 16 minutes from late in the first period, FAU went on a 26-2 run to essentially put the game away. Five Owls scored during the streak. UCF's only points were by Shaheed Davis and B. J. Taylor FTs. UCF's 41 points were the second lowest scored by the Knights since they joined Division I (1984-85) and they shot just 16.1 percent from the floor in the second half.

The Owls led by as many as 20 points before sloppy play allowed UCF to make up some ground and make the score look respectable for the Knights.

Saturday's marked coach Michael Curry's first road win. It came 10 months to the day since FAU's last road win, a 71-69 win over at UTEP on Feb. 13, 2014.

Latest Line:


Owl's Nest Prediction

FAU -10

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We've finished warmups, sung the National Anthem and the playersbare being introduced. The Burrow is pretty sparsely full tonight due to the holiday break. No band either.


Marquan Botley
Justin Massey
Jackson Trapp
Justin Raffington
Kelvin Penn
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Jackson Trapp hits for three to give FAU a solid start.
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GA Tech transfer turned FAU Owl G Solomon Poole is dressed for tonight's contest.
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FAU picks up two FTs and then a Marquan Botley three to lead 8-2 with 17:08 to play in the first half.
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The Owls' defense is playing well.
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Smothering defense.
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Stetson can't hit the side of a barn and FAA has been cold as well, but Raffington was just fouled while making an easy layup.

Then Raffington made a three and Massey stole an inbounds pass and scored. 14-2 FAU with 13:10 to play.
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Raffington misses, gets his own rebound and then is fouled. he makes both and the Owls lead 16-2.
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The Owls are on fire with a quick two-pointer, then a three by Andre. 21-7 FAU with 10:40 to play in the first half. Block after block by the FAU defense.
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