DELAND, Fla. -- Joel Naburgs scored a career-high 27 points and Stetson closed the game with nine unanswered points to defeat Florida Gulf Coast 80-71 Friday night, splitting the season series.
The Hatters (13-14, 10-6 Atlantic Sun Conference), who have won four of their past five, avenged a 96-65 stomping by the Eagles on Jan. 25.
With the game tied 71-71 with 2:16 left, Stetson made 7 of 8 free throws and a layup while Florida Gulf Coast missed four shots and a free throw.
Trailing 36-34 at the break, Naburgs hit two of his six 3-pointers as part of a 10-0 Stetson burst to open the second half. The Eagles regained the advantage with a 13-0 run and the teams exchanged the lead until the Hatters' final burst.
With 173 career 3-pointers, Naburgs became Stetson's all-time leader.
Bernard Thompson's 19 points led Florida Gulf Coast (19-10, 11-5), which has lost two straight.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.