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Lipscomb 77, Mercer 65

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Adnan Hodzic scored 28 points on 10-of-12 shooting and Josh Slater had 21 points to lead Lipscomb to a 77-65 victory over Mercer in an Atlantic Sun Conference game Saturday night.

Hodzic got 21 of his points and Slater 17 of his in the second half, when the Bisons (4-2, 1-0) shot 51.6 percent (16 of 31) from the field.

The game was tied nine times, including 28-28 at halftime. A 3-pointer by Robert Boyd put Lipscomb ahead to stay, 53-50, with 9:11 remaining.

Slater scored six points during an 8-1 run that widened a two-point lead to a 66-57 advantage with 2:34 left.

Brian Mills scored 15 points for the Bears (2-7, 0-2), including a pair of free throws that gave Mercer its largest lead of the game, 27-19, with 5:53 until halftime. Mills also had 12 rebounds.

Langston Hall also scored 15 points for Mercer.