Belmont beats Mercer 86-82 in OT

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Alex Renfroe finished with 24 points and 18 rebounds as Belmont defeated Mercer 86-82 in overtime on Monday night.

Renfroe shot 10-for-13 from the field. Andy Wicke added 18 points for the Bruins (12-7, 8-2 Atlantic Sun Conference).

Trailing 74-71 with less than one minute left in regulation, Mercer’s Mark Hall made a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left to force overtime. Renfroe’s potential game-winner with eight seconds remaining was off target.

In overtime, Belmont took a three-point lead after Shane Dansby’s layup with 53 seconds left made the score 81-78. After Matthew Dotson split a pair of free throws, Mercer’s James Florence made a layup with 16 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 82-80. But Wicke and Henry Harris both made a pair of free throws to seal the game.

The Bears (10-10, 4-5) were led by Florence, who scored 25.

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