Bulldogs hang to beat Stetson

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP)—Nate Blank had 15 points to rescue Gardner-Webb in a 55-50 win over Stetson on Thursday night.

Blank’s play helped the Bulldogs (9-11, 3-3 Atlantic Sun) as their two leading scorers, Thomas Sanders and Grayson Flittner, combined for only 9 points — 22 fewer than the pair of averaged this season.

Blank had 13 of of his points during the first half, which Gardner-Webb closed with a 16-4 to take control, 31-24. The Bulldogs led by as many as 12 points in the second half before Stetson (9-11, 4-2) worked its way back in with a 13-3 run that cut things to 46-42 with about four minutes left.

Aaron Linn scored four straight points to keep Gardner-Webb out front.

Matt French added 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Linn finished with nine points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Garfield Blair had 21 points for Stetson, which came in with a five-game winning streak.

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 Top Performers
 Stetson
G. Blair G. Blair
9-17,  21 Pts
6 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Gardner-Webb
N. Blank N. Blank
5-8,  15 Pts
6 Rebs, 5 Assists

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