TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 14) - The Florid A&M Men’s Basketball team dropped their second game of the season as Stetson hand the Rattlers, a 78-60 loss in their home opener, here Monday evening at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU (0-2) had three Rattlers to finish in double-digit scoring as Yannick Crowder scored a team high 13 points, followed by Avery Moore and Nathaniel Drayton as they both finished with 10 points each. Crowder led the Rattlers on the boards with five, Jeffrey Kennings dished out a team high five assists.
Stetson (2-0) also had three Hatters to score in double-digit scoring as Adam Pegg scored a game high 15 points to lead all scorers, Liam McInerney added 13 points, followed by Chris Perez with 12. Joe Narburgs led Stetson on the boards with a game high 11 rebounds, while Tyshawn Patterson led the team in assists with seven.
In a slow starting first half, Nathaniel Drayton gave the Rattlers a 10-7 lead as he connected on a jumper with 12:29 to go in the first.
A McInerney three pointer gave Stetson a 12-10 lead with 9:22 left in the first.
Crowder would tie the game at 12-12 on layup with 9:11 to in the first.
Stetson would build a 35-26 lead capped off by a Aaron Graham jumper with 2:37 left in the first.
FAMU would score their final point of the half on a Reggie Lewis free throw with 52 seconds left in the half as the Rattlers went into the break trailing the Hatters 35-27.
The Rattlers would finish the first half shooting 34.4 percent (11-of-32) from the field, while the Hatters shot a blazing 45.8 percent (11-of-24).
Stetson opened up the second half with a 48-33 lead, capping off a 13-6 run on made free throw by Graham. Then the Hatters would extend their lead to 16 points on a Jermol Paul layup with 11:13 remaining in the game, giving Stetson a 56-40 lead.
The Rattlers and the Hatters end the half with a pair of runs as the Hatters ended the half with a pair of runs as they took a 70-46 lead on a pair of Peg free throws with 5:35 to go in the second half, capping off 14-3 run.
FAMU would end the game with a 14-8 run as Jeremy Dean scored FAMU’s points of the game on a put back for a 78-60 final.
The Rattlers will return to action on Saturday Nov. 19 as they will take on the Providence Friars at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in a 4 p.m. tip.
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