Scores

Final

Stetson 64

(3-9, 0-1 A-Sun)

Mercer 70

(8-6, 1-0 A-Sun)

    4:30 PM ET, December 31, 2012

    Hawkins Arena, Macon, Georgia

    1 2 T
    STET 26 3864
    MER 28 4270

    Top Performers

    Stetson: J. Naburgs 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mercer: T. Smith 25 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mercer 70, Stetson 64

    Associated Press

    MACON, Ga. -- Travis Smith scored a career-high 25 points and Mercer pulled away from Stetson 70-64 Monday in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both teams.

    The Bears (8-6), coming off a 66-59 win over Alabama on Dec. 22, have won four of their past five games.

    The Hatters (3-9) led most of the first half, including 20-15 at the 7:31 mark. Smith hit two free throws 11 seconds before the break for a 28-26 Mercer lead.

    Tied at 40 with 13:53 left, the Bears opened up a five-point lead. After Stetson got to 53-52 on Adam Pegg's jumper with 5:26 left, Mercer used an 8-0 run, with 3-pointers by Smith and Langston Hall, to pull away. Smith made 4 of 4 free throws in the final 33 seconds to seal it.

    Jakob Gollon added 11 points and Hall 10 for the Bears.

    Joel Naburgs led the Hatters with 18 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    STET
    MER
    Points 64 70
    FG Made-Attempted 20-49 (.408) 26-67 (.388)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-24 (.417) 9-26 (.346)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-19 (.737) 9-13 (.692)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 9

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