Scores

Final

Mercer 75

(8-15, 5-7 A-Sun)

East Tenn St 82

(16-8, 11-2 A-Sun)

    7:15 PM ET, January 31, 2011

    ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center, Johnson City, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    MER 34 4175
    ETSU 38 4482

    Top Performers

    Mercer: J. Cecil 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    East Tennessee St: M. Smith 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    ETSU 82, Mercer 75

    Associated Press

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Mike Smith scored a career-high 28 points and Micah Williams 23 as East Tennessee State defeated Mercer 82-75 Monday night.

    Williams scored back-to-back 3-pointers to cap a 16-4 second-half run that gave the Buccaneers (16-8, 11-2 Atlantic Sun Conference) a 75-63 lead with 3:26 remaining.

    Smith scored 18 points in the first half, which ended with ETSU ahead 38-34. The Buccaneers, who won for the 12th time in 13 games, shot 55.6 percent (15 of 27) and had a 14-2 edge in points inside the paint.

    Justin Cecil scored a career-high 23 points for the Bears (8-15, 5-7), including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Both teams were sharp from beyond the arc, with Mercer making 57.1 percent (12 of 21) and ETSU 56.3 percent (9 of 16).

    Mercer, which played without injured leading scorer Jeff Smith, lost its third-leading scorer, Brandon Moore, with a knee injury 4 minutes into the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MER
    ETSU
    Points 75 82
    FG Made-Attempted 25-58 (.431) 24-49 (.490)
    3P Made-Attempted 12-21 (.571) 9-16 (.563)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-21 (.619) 25-35 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 11

    2010-11 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Jan 3, 2011 ETSU 62, @MER 61Recap
    » Jan 31, 2011 @ETSU 82, MER 75Recap