Scores

Final

Mercer 75

(5-8, 1-2 A-Sun)

Jacksonville 74

(3-8, 0-3 A-Sun)

    3:15 PM ET, January 2, 2010

    1 2 T
    MER 30 4575
    JAC 33 4174

    Top Performers

    Mercer: D. Emerson 17 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Jacksonville: B. Smith 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 6 Stl

    Mercer 75, Jacksonville 74

    Associated Press

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jeff Smith scored a career-high 21 points, including a buzzr-beating 3-pointer, to lift Mercer over Jacksonville 75-74 on Saturday.

    The Bears (5-8, 1-2 Atlantic Sun Conference), who had lost seven of their last eight, snapped a three-game skid.

    Ben Smith gave the Dolphins the lead with two free throws with 4 seconds left. Mercer's Smith took the ball the length of the court, pump-faked twice and hit the 3. Officials conferred before counting the basket.

    Jacksonville (3-8, 0-3), which had won two straight for the UCF Holiday Classic title, was the preseason media pick to win the conference.

    James Florence added 20 points for the Bears. Daniel Emerson had his eighth double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 boards.

    Jacksonville's Smith scored 28, becoming the first Dolphin since Artemus McClary in 1996 to surpass 1,500 career points, and has 1,524.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MER
    JAC
    Points 75 74
    FG Made-Attempted 26-54 (.481) 24-59 (.407)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-28 (.393) 4-14 (.286)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-17 (.706) 22-26 (.846)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 7

    2009-10 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    » Jan 2, 2010 MER 75, @JAC 74Recap
    Feb 20, 2010 JAC 76, @MER 64Recap
    Mar 5, 2010 MER 66, @JAC 63Recap