Scores

Final

Belmont 62

(24-7, 16-2 A-Sun)

Mercer 61

(21-10, 13-5 A-Sun)

    4:30 PM ET, February 25, 2012

    Hawkins Arena, Macon, Georgia

    1 2 T
    BEL 27 3562
    MER 27 3461

    Top Performers

    Belmont: I. Clark 16 Pts, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mercer: J. Cecil 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Belmont 62, Mercer 61

    Associated Press

    MACON, Ga. -- Ian Clark scored 16 points as Belmont defeated Mercer 62-61 Saturday in the teams' regular-season finale.

    The Bruins (24-7, 16-2 Atlantic Sun Conference), who have won their last 11 games, are seeded first for the conference tournament and will play eighth-seeded Jacksonville on Wednesday. The second-seeded Bears (21-10, 13-5), who will host the tournament, play Wednesday night, facing seventh-seeded Lipscomb.

    Mick Hedgepeth's free throw with 14 seconds remaining provided Belmont's margin of victory after Reece Chamberlain's two free throws at the 31-second mark lifted the Bruins into a tie.

    Mercer led 45-36 with 12:50 remaining, but Belmont rallied to go ahead 52-51 on Scott Saunders' layup with 5:21 left.

    Daniel Coursey's dunk gave Mercer a 61-59 lead with 1:10 left.

    Drew Hanlen finished with 12 points and Saunders 10 for Belmont.

    Justin Cecil scored 17 points and Langston Hall 13 to lead Mercer.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    BEL
    MER
    Points 62 61
    FG Made-Attempted 22-51 (.431) 23-50 (.460)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-25 (.360) 6-16 (.375)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-16 (.563) 9-17 (.529)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 2

    2011-12 Season

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