JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Russell Powell scored 19 points to lead four Jacksonville players in double figures in an 81-75 win over Mercer on Saturday.
Jacksonville broke open a close game with a 16-4 run early in the second half to lead 53-31 after a layup by Evin Graham with 15:10 to play. Then, ahead 59-50, the Dolphins went on a 13-4 run to grab its biggest lead of the game at 72-54 after two free throws by Shamile Jeffers with 7:39 to go.
Mercer responded with a 21-5 run to close the deficit to 77-75 with 15 second left. But the Dolphins made four straight free throws to seal it.
Langston Hall scored 20 points and Daniel Coursey added 16 for the Bears (20-8, 12-3), who had a nine-game winning streak snapped.