DELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Eric Diaz hit back-to-back 3-point baskets in the final two minutes to give Stetson the lead and the Hatters held on for a 61-56 victory over Kennesaw State in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both teams.
Stetson trailed by a point, 54-53, when point guard Gabe McMillen found Diaz open for a 3-pointer to put the Hatters ahead 56-54 with 1:39 to play. About a minute later, McMillen was burning the clock before he found Diaz alone again for another 3-point basket with 40 seconds left. Kennesaw State didn't make a field goal in the final 4:49.
Stetson led 26-21 at the half despite shooting just 31 percent from the floor. The Hatters countered with 63.2 percent shooting in the second half.