Thursday, March 7, 2013

A-Sun Quarterfinals Provide Zero Drama

The Atlantic Sun tournament isn't known for a lot of crazy upsets, but it has been know to produce a great finish or two down the stretch. So, as day two of the quarterfinals got underway on Thursday one could expect the higher seeds to likely advance.

Well, that held true in game one of the day as 3rd seeded Stetson made easy work out of 6th seeded East Tennessee State, 67-46. The Hatters can thank a 46 point outburst in the 2nd half for the win as they erased a 3 point halftime deficit rather quickly in taking down the Buccaneers.

Leading the way for Stetson was All-Atlantic Sun center Adam Pegg, who had a game best 17 points to go with 9 rebounds. He led a trio of Hatters in double figures including forward Willie Green who mustered up a double-double thanks to 13 points and 13 rebounds. Joining them in double digits was Joel Narburgs with 16 points and 4 assists in the victory.

Stetson used a big time defensive effort and a 13-1 run to open up the 2nd half to win their first game in the conference tournament since 2006. Up next for them is a date with 2nd seeded Florida Gulf Coast, who they split the regular season series with, tomorrow nigh at 8pm Eastern.

While that one went as expected the "drama" came in the 4 vs. 5 game, a game that is usually a complete toss-up in the A-Sun. It was 5th seeded South Carolina Upstate that used a balanced attack of five players in double figures to take down Jacksonville, 76-62. It was Torrey Craig and his 17 points leading the way for the Spartans as they outshot the Dolphins 52.6% to 41% on the night.

Clearly this could be a tournament of blowouts as we have yet to see a good game happen through the first four games. In fact the average margin of victory in the quarters was 19.7 points a game with the closest being the 10 point win for Florida Gulf Coast over North Florida in the 2-7 game.

Here's hoping that Friday provides better results for those of us on the casual side of things, right?

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