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Smith's 19 leads Stetson past SC-Upstate 65-60

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A.J. Smith scored 19 points and dished out five assists to lead Stetson to a 65-60 win over South Carolina-Upstate on Saturday night in both teams' regular-season finale.

Brandon Williams finished with 14 points and Mark Lohuis added 10 for the Hatters (7-22, 5-15 Atlantic Sun Conference), who failed to qualify for the conference tournament. Joel Naburgs had 12 points for Stetson.

The Spartans (6-23, 6-14) will also miss the tournament — which starts March 4 — because of NCAA reclassifying rules.

Stetson opened with a 10-1 run and led 37-30 at halftime. USC-Upstate tied the game at 49 with 8:43 to play before the Hatters regained command with a 10-0 run.

Ryan LeGates had 18 points and Nick Schneiders had 14 points for USC-Upstate.

Stetson knocked down 12 3-pointers compared to the Spartans, who finished with eight.