JOHNSON CITY -- Travis Smith scored 16 points and Mercer tied a season-high with 12 3-pointers in a 71-54 win over East Tennessee State on Saturday.
Langston Hall added 15 points and Jakob Gollon 12 for Mercer (18-9, 11-3 Atlantic Sun Conference), which won its sixth straight game.
The teams exchanged baskets early on before Mercer broke open a 4-3 game with a 22-7 run. The Bears capped the run with four straight 3s -- two each by Gollon and Kevin Canevari -- and took a 27-13 advantage into intermission.
ETSU (13-14, 7-8) used an 18-3 second-half run to cut the deficit to 41-38 but the Bears answered the run with 10 straight points.
Mercer, which also defeated ETSU 78-59 on Jan. 17, made 12 of 25 shots from deep, with Smith and Hall accounting for eight.
Jarvis Jones led ETSU with 18 points and John Walton scored 12 before fouling out.comments powered by Disqus