DELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Garfield Blair scored a game-high 21 points to lead Stetson to a 72-64 victory over USC Upstate Friday night.
Blair connected on four straight free throws in the final 40 seconds as the Hatters held off a comeback attempt by USC Upstate, which had cut a 25-point second-half deficit to just four points, 58-54, on a Luke Payne layup with 2:45 to play.
Stetson made 3-pointers on four consecutive trips to highlight a 16-0 run early in the first half. Smith knocked down a pair of 3-pointers after Blair and Tim Lang each made one.
The scoring spree that left the Hatters with a 19-2 advantage also included two other baskets by Blair.
Stetson led by 20 points, 38-18, at the break after making 14 shots from the floor, including seven 3-pointers. The lead got as high as 25 points on a 3-pointer by Smith with 17:10 remaining.
Stetson had dropped three of its last four Atlantic Sun encounters. The win improved the Hatters to 11-13 overall, 6-4 in conference and 7-1 at home this season. USC Upstate slipped to 6-18 and 4-6.