MACON, Ga. -- James Florence hit two free throws with 15 seconds left and Mercer held on to defeat the Bears 66-63 on Friday night in an Atlantic Sun Conference tournament semifinal.
Danny Emerson scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Jeff Smith added 18 points for the sixth-seeded Bears (16-16).
Mercer will face East Tennessee State in the title game on Saturday.
Florence, a 2,300 career-point scorer, had just seven against Jacksonville, all coming in the second half.
The Bears took a 61-58 lead on a three-point play by Emerson with 3:54, and the Dolphins (19-12) went 1-for-5 from the free throw line the rest of the way.
The game featured 13 ties and 13 lead changes.