Scores

Final

Mercer 87

(15-16, 10-10 A-Sun)

Belmont 81

(19-12, 14-6 A-Sun)

    9:00 PM ET, March 4, 2010

    1 2 T
    MER 38 4987
    BEL 44 3781

    Top Performers

    Mercer: D. Emerson 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Belmont: I. Clark 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

    Mercer 87, Belmont 81

    Associated Press

    MACON, Ga. -- Danny Emerson's three-point play with 5:26 remaining capped a second-half comeback and Mercer defeated Belmont 87-81 Thursday night in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament quarterfinals.

    Sixth-seeded Mercer (15-16) plays Jacksonville on Friday night in the semifinals.

    Belmont, the third seed, held a double-digit lead most of the game and was ahead by 10 with 13:28 left when Mercer started its rally.

    Jeff Smith's 3-pointer gave Mercer its first lead with 4:15 remaining. Belmont pulled to within one a minute later, but the Bears were able to hold off the Bruins.

    Belmont led by 14 points in the first half, thanks to a 5-for-5 start in 3-point shots.

    Emerson, who missed the regular-season finale with an eye injury, started and scored 19 points with nine rebounds. James Florence led Mercer with 24.

    Ian Clark led Belmont (19-12) with 19.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MER
    BEL
    Points 87 81
    FG Made-Attempted 29-55 (.527) 28-58 (.483)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-21 (.524) 10-29 (.345)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-29 (.621) 15-21 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 12

    2009-10 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Dec 5, 2009 BEL 94, @MER 90Recap
    Feb 25, 2010 @BEL 77, MER 73Recap
    » Mar 4, 2010 MER 87, @BEL 81Recap