DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Wednesday night marked the 30th installment of the Volusia County Rivalry between the Stetson Hatters and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. In a rare mid-week non-conference battle in the midst of rigorous conference action, both teams came into the night looking for a momentum-building win.
There were several intriguing story lines coming into the match-up.
The Hatters held a commanding 23-6 advantage in the series coming into the night, but lost the last meeting between the two schools. Last season, the Hatters and Wildcats met on a pair of occasions, with each team winning once. Bethune-Cookman knocked off the Hatters in DeLand, 96-94.
A win on Wednesday would be the 10th win for the Hatters, and would eclipse their regular season win total from all of last season.
Following the post-season, Stetson finished at 12-22.
Lastly, sophomore forward Derick Newton came into the night needing just 14 points to pass the 1,000 mark for his young career.
With all of the additional story lines coming into the game, fans were in for a treat. Both teams did not disappoint, and it was yet another close encounter between the two instate rivals.
Despite falling behind by six at the break, Stetson came out in the second half looking to make up ground and take over the game. Behind the play of Newton and Divine Myles, the Hatters outscored the Wildcats by 15 points, and held on down the stretch for the 76-67 win. Continue reading RECAP: Second half comeback leads Stetson to 76-67 win over Bethune-Cookman in Volusia County Rivalry game