Category Archives: Atlantic Sun

RECAP: Pegg reaches career milestone in 82-76 win for Stetson over NJIT

Behind a combined 37 points from Myles and Newton, Corey Williams and the Stetson Hatters notched their first conference win of the season on Thursday night. (Source: Stetson Athletics)
Behind a combined 37 points from Myles and Newton, Corey Williams and the Stetson Hatters notched their first conference win of the season on Thursday night. (Source: Stetson Athletics)

DELAND, Fl. — He may not be the tallest forward in the country, or the biggest in general, but Brian Pegg has had himself quite the career with the Stetson Hatters.

The 2016-17 season is Pegg’s fifth year in the NCAA, and he’s been one of the more effective players for the Hatters in recent years. Last season, he averaged a career-best 12.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per contest, while helping lead Stetson to the Atlantic Sun tournament championship game.

His stats won’t blow you away, but he is effective in what he does. He has shot 50.8% or better in each of the last three years ,and has been an impact player for Corey Williams and the Hatters.

On Thursday night, in front of the Hatters’ home crowd, Pegg reached a career milestone after years of hard work. In the first half, he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He finished the game with 10 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out in the second half, but Stetson would be just fine without their fifth-year forward.

Behind a combined 37 points from Divine Myles and Derick Newton, the Hatters held off the NJIT Highlanders‘ comeback efforts in the second half to notch their first conference win of the year, 82-76. Continue reading RECAP: Pegg reaches career milestone in 82-76 win for Stetson over NJIT

RECAP: Campbell Closes Out Non-Conference Play With 81-72 Win Over Stetson

Chris Clemons hit six free throws in the closing minutes to seal the 81-72 win for Campbell over Stetson on Thursday afternoon. (Source: Campbell Athletics) (Header Photo: Campbell Athletics)
Chris Clemons hit six free throws in the closing minutes to seal the 81-72 win for Campbell over Stetson on Thursday afternoon. (Source: Campbell Athletics) (Header Photo: Campbell Athletics)

Only one team would come away a winner on Thursday afternoon, but one thing is for certain when it comes to both the Campbell Camels and the Stetson Hatters.

The future is very, very bright in both Buies Creek, NC and Deland, FL. Both programs are trending upwards, and they both have the talent to contend in their respective conferences as early as this season.

Thursday marked the end of non-conference play for Campbell, who welcomed the Hatters to Buies Creek for an afternoon matinee before the Christmas break for both programs.

After Stetson took an early lead to open the contest, it was all about Campbell. That was, until the closing minutes, as the Hatters erased their 14-point halftime deficit.

On their floor, the Camels wouldn’t be denied. Timely free throw shooting from Chris Clemons, coupled with three straight misses from the Hatters, allowed for the home side to withstand the push and seal the deal.

It took some extra work down the stretch, but Campbell held on for the 81-72 win over Stetson on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading RECAP: Campbell Closes Out Non-Conference Play With 81-72 Win Over Stetson

RECAP: Michigan State Survives Tough Test from Florida Gulf Coast, 78-77

Miles Bridges recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Michigan State found a way to hold off the upset-minded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Sunday night, 78-77.
Miles Bridges recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Michigan State found a way to hold off the upset-minded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Sunday night, 78-77.

Through the first three games of the 2016-17, it’s evident that the injuries to both Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter are having a big impact on the Michigan State Spartans.

Carter, a graduate transfer from the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, and Schilling are both recovering from injuries sustained in the offseason, and the lack of size in the middle has been an issue.

While both are recovering, Kenny Goins has been logging increased minutes, and appearing in the starting lineup.

On Sunday afternoon, against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, Goins was back in the starting lineup. The Eagles were without a star forward of their own, as Marc-Eddy Norelia was not in the lineup due to injury.

Michigan State entered the game as 14-point favourites, but the game came down to the final possession. The final play will be in the headlines for a while, as the shot clock operator looked to have started the clock on an inbounds play for the Eagles before anyone touched the ball.

Antravious Simmons rushed his shot at the buzzer, and it fell by the wayside, and Michigan State fans everywhere let out a collective sigh of relief.

Michigan State came away with the 78-77 win over the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles inside the Breslin Center. Continue reading RECAP: Michigan State Survives Tough Test from Florida Gulf Coast, 78-77

RECAP: East Carolina Cruises Past Stetson Behind Double-Doubles from Washington, Barkley

With Sunday's win, Jeff Lebo is tied with Tom Quinn (1966-74) for the most head coaching wins in program history, at 102. (Source: 247 Sports)
With Sunday’s win, Jeff Lebo is tied with Tom Quinn (1966-74) for the most head coaching wins in program history, at 102. (Source: 247 Sports)

It’s amazing what the addition of a big man can do for a program. In 2016-17, the East Carolina Pirates are discovering just that.

Andre Washington, who stands at 7’1”, and is the tallest player in Pirates’ history, transferred to East Carolina from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons following the 2015-16 season, is starting to find his groove with his new team.

Last time out, Washington recorded 12 points and 8 rebounds in East Carolina’s loss to the Charlotte 49ers. On Sunday, he showed everyone what he is capable of.

In the campus opener of the Savannah Invitational against the Stetson Hatters, Washington recorded a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds to help lead the Pirates to the 73-50 victory. Continue reading RECAP: East Carolina Cruises Past Stetson Behind Double-Doubles from Washington, Barkley

RECAP: The Citadel Hands Stetson First Loss of the Season in Point-Filled Affair, 116-112

Citadel guard Quayson Williams (2) was one of three players to score in double figures for the Bulldogs on Friday, as The Citadel handed Stetson its first loss of the year, 116-112. (Source: Doug McSchooler - Associated Press)
Citadel guard Quayson Williams (2) was one of four players to score in double figures for the Bulldogs on Friday, as The Citadel handed Stetson its first loss of the year, 116-112. (Source: Doug McSchooler – Associated Press)

DELAND, FL – You get a point, and you get a point, and you get a point!

On Friday night, it was almost like Oprah was in attendance inside the Edmunds Center in Deland, Florida, only she was giving out points as opposed to cars or other gifts.

Both the Stetson Hatters and The Citadel Bulldogs piled up the points over the course of the evening. A combined 228 points were scored between the two teams, and a total of 10 players scored in double-figures.

Freshman Kaelon Harris scored a game-high 26 points for the Bulldogs, and he hit four free throws in the closing seconds to seal the deal for The Citadel.

The Bulldogs came away with the 116-112 win over the Hatters, dealing Stetson their first loss in the process. Continue reading RECAP: The Citadel Hands Stetson First Loss of the Season in Point-Filled Affair, 116-112

College Court Report Three Stars: November 12th, 2016

Alec Peters recorded 36 points and 15 rebounds to help Valparaiso fight back from a first-half deficit to top Trinity (IL) in their second game in as many days to open the 2016-17 season..
Alec Peters recorded 36 points and 15 rebounds to help Valparaiso fight back from a first-half deficit to top Trinity (IL) in their second game in as many days to open the 2016-17 season..

What a way to kick off the 2016-17 regular season!

On Saturday, fans everywhere were still in a bit of shock in terms of what they saw on Friday. Some teams were still celebrating program-defining wins, including the Wagner SeahawksAlbany Great Danes, and Nicholls State Colonels.

Some power conference teams were left looking for answers as to what went wrong on opening day, trying to correct any mistakes before their next game.

Saturday was a much quieter day in terms of games as opposed to Friday, but there were still some memorable moments out there, which included some big-time individual performances across the country.

All three of the Three Stars for November 12th put together some impressive shooting performances, as all three finished their respective games with a shooting percentage of 48% or better.

Below are the College Court Report Three Stars for Saturday, November 12th, 2016.
Continue reading College Court Report Three Stars: November 12th, 2016