CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Louis Ford's 3-pointer with nine
seconds left lifted Howard past Mercer 78-74 Thursday in the first
round of the Dr Pepper Classic.
His basket made it 76-74, and Will Gant added two free throws
with one second left for the final score.
Howard (2-6) had five players in double figures and made 7-of-18
3-point attempts. Mercer (1-6) was just 1-of-11 behind the arc.
Howard led at the half 46-39 after shooting 54.3 percent from
the field. For the game, the Bison shot 50 percent. Mercer shot
51.8 percent despite being cold on 3-point shots.
Mercer did not score in the last 1:24 after leading 74-71 on a
layup by Skogen. Hudson made two free throws for the Bison with 58
seconds left to make it 74-73, setting up Ford's 3-pointer.