In a game where both teams substituted freely and frequently, going deep into their benches, the Hatters pulled away late for a 80-65 victory over host McGill. The Redmen dressed 15 players for this afternoon’s game and rotated 5 players in every 4 minutes over 3 separate shifts and Stetson, as they have for their Canadian tour, went at least 10 deep. Unfortunately, the McGill scorers table was not in mid-season form with published statistics being, frankly, totally inaccurate other than the score.
Stetson led 40-35 at halftime but the Redmen rallied and led 49-47 with 4:06 left in the third quarter. The Hatters, however, regrouped and finished the period with 10-2 run for a 57-51 lead entering the fourth. The Hatters pulled away over the final 10 minutes. Stetson guard Devine Myles, who scored 11 points in the second half, had seven in the final period when Stetson out-scored McGill, 23-14.
McGill fans saw the debut of two new faces in 6’1″ Kendrick Jolin, the freshman who is expected to log meaningful minutes at the point for the Redmen and 6’6″ U.S. import James Wells. Redmen also saw the return of shooting guard Regis Ivaniukas, who was one of McGill’s more effective three point shooters two seasons ago before sitting out last season.
McGill continues their NCAA summer schedule, hosting Wichita State on Tuesday night and the team will be run by Assistant Coach Muddy Trivedi as Head Coach Dave DeAveiro fulfills prior obligations for Canada Basketball in Mexico. The Shockers are likely to be especially primed given their 25 point loss this afternoon at Carleton.