DeLAND, Fla. - Five different players scored in double figures as Stetson raced to a 116-66 win in its 2018-19 season opener against Johnson (Fla.), Wednesday at Edmunds Center in DeLand.
Sophomore Christiaan Jones led all scorers with 20 points, one off his career high. Ricardo Lynch scored 17, Raine McKeython had 11, and Keith Matthews and Leo Goodmaneach chipped in 10.
Stetson dominated all phases of the game, taking control early. The Hatters led, 24-9, with 12:23 left in the first half, and the lead grew to 20 points for the first time when McKeython sank a 3-pointer for a 43-23 lead with 6:18 left before halftime.
Stetson led 60-34 at the break.
In the second half, the Hatters continued to score at will, pushing the lead over 30 points for the first time whenRicky Gouety's jumper made it 65-34 with 17:43 to play.
Leo Goodman's layup with 12:17 to go made it 83-43, and the advantage hit the half-century mark when a dunk by Adam Web made it 112-61 with 2:08 to go.
Stetson shot 49.4 percent for the game, hitting better than 50 percent of its shots in the second half. The Hatters were 7 of 19 from beyond the 3-point arc and went 23 of 29 from the free throw line for the game.
The Hatters defense limited the Suns (0-4) to 35 percent shooting for the game, including 26.5 percent in the second half. Garriott Jones led Johnson with 14 points.
News & Notes
- Stetson recorded 66 team rebounds, the most in at least a decade
- Head Coach Corey Williams is 4-2 in Stetson openers
- Stetson is 17-0 when starting the season inside the Edmunds Center
- Stetson extended its streak of games with at least one 3-point field goal to 425 games
- Sophomore Kenny Aninye recorded 3 steals in the first half. His career high coming into the game was just 2. He also tied a career high with 4 assists.
- Christiaan Jones reached 20 points with 5:15 remaining in the second half. It was his 2nd career game with over 20 points.
- The Hatters scored 116 points on the night, the second time the team has scored over 110 in the past three years (112 vs. the Citadel, 11/18/16).
- Junior college transfer Ricardo Lynch was second on the team in scoring in his first D-1 game. He had 17 points.
- Raine McKeython (11) and Keith Matthews (10) each scored in double figures for the second time in their careers
- Christiaan Jones tied his career high and led the team with 8 rebounds on the night. He was also tied for the leader for the Hats with 4 assists, a new career high as well.
The Hatters visit Missouri State, 4 p.m., EST, Sunday.