Hatters Host Bears in A-Sun/CSS Game of the Week

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Atlantic Sun’s two senior members, Mercer and Stetson meet in DeLand as the A-Sun / CSS Game of the Week. The rivalry between the Bears and Hatters ranks as the second-most played between any two A-Sun Schools, with 115 meetings. Stetson leads the series, 67-48.

Season sweeps have dominated the last three years as Mercer won both meetings in 2006-07 and 2008-09 while Stetson took both in 2007-08. James Florence has excelled against the Hatters, averaging 29.5 points and scoring at least 24 points in the six contests. His two most prolific 3-point shooting games have come against Stetson (8-13 on Jan. 26, 2007 and 7-16 on Feb. 16, 2008). Florence has faced the Hatters six times and on three occasions he has topped the 30-point mark. He owns 10 30-point games against A-Sun foes.

After A.J. Smith’s team-leading 14.0 points per game, two freshmen Ridge Graham and Tyshawn Patterson rank second and third on the team in scoring, combining for almost 21 points per game.

Matt Stewart and Sonny Smith will be on the call. For those outside the CSS markets, catch all the action on ASun.TV, ESPN360.com or on ESPN Full Court. In central Florida markets, the game airs live on the Bright House Sports Network. In middle Georgia, the game airs on same-day delay at 10:30 p.m.