Mercer holds off Lipscomb 61-53

The Associated Press

MACON, Ga. (AP) Jake Gollon scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures as Mercer beat Lipscomb 61-53 on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

The Bears, seeded second in the tournament, outscored Lipscomb 32-24 in the second half after the game was tied 29-29 at the half. The Bears hit 14 of 17 attempts from the free-throw line and made nine 3-pointers, attempting 28.

Langston Hall and Travis Smith each had 11 points for Mercer, while Bud Thomas added 10. Mercer (22-9) made 19 of 50 shots from the floor, with Gallon making eight of his 12 attempts.

Zavion Williams led Lipscomb (13-18) with 17 points, while Jacob Arnett had 11 and Malcolm Smith had 10.

Gollon scored Mercer's first seven points and nine of its first 11. He also hit a key 3-pointer with 1 minute left in the game to help seal the victory.