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Belmont 89, Mercer 67

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mick Hedgepeth scored 19 points and Belmont opened Atlantic Sun Conference play with an 89-67 victory over Mercer on Thursday night.

Hedgepeth was 8 for 12 from the field and Ian Clark added 16 points in the home opener for the Bruins (5-1), who have won five consecutive games.

Belmont, which scored 29 points off Mercer's 21 turnovers, held a 44-30 halftime lead, the fifth straight game the Bruins have led by at least 14 points at the break.

The Bruins took control in the final 2 minutes of the first half and the first 2 minutes of the second half, extending a 37-30 lead to 49-32 with 18:42 to play.

Kerron Johnson added 10 points for the Bruins and Drew Hanlen had eight assists, his third game with at least eight this season.

Brandon Moore led Mercer (2-6) with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Brian Mills added 14 points and Jeff Smith had 11 for the Bears.