Scores

Final

East Tenn St 78

(8-8, 4-1 A-Sun)

Mercer 83

(8-8, 4-2 A-Sun)

    3:30 PM ET, January 9, 2010

    Hawkins Arena, Macon, Georgia

    1 2 T
    ETSU 28 5078
    MER 35 4883

    Top Performers

    East Tennessee St: S. Cooley 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Mercer: J. Florence 22 Pts, 1 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mercer 83, ETSU 78

    Associated Press

    MACON, Ga. -- James Florence scored 22 points and Mercer beat East Tennessee State 83-78 on Saturday, the first win in nine series meetings for the Bears.

    Jeff Smith added 17 points, E.J. Kusnyer had 15 and Daniel Emerson 13 for the Bears (8-8, 4-2 Atlantic Sun Conference), who have won four straight games.

    The Bears led 73-53 with 4:42 remaining in the game, but the Buccaneers went on a 25-10 run the rest of the way.

    Strong shooting kept Mercer in front, especially in the second half. The Bears were 7 of 13 from 3-point range (53.8 percent) in the second half and were 12-for-28 (42.9 percent) for the game from behind the arc.

    Mercer shot 49.1 percent from the field (27-for-55).

    Sheldon Coley had a game-high 29 points for the Buccaneers (8-8, 4-1). He made 11 of 22 field goal attempts and was 6-for-8 from the foul line. Micah Williams added 18 points and Justin Tubbs had 12.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ETSU
    MER
    Points 78 83
    FG Made-Attempted 28-74 (.378) 27-55 (.491)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-20 (.300) 12-28 (.429)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-22 (.727) 17-28 (.607)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 18

    2009-10 Season

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