Tuesday, February 02, 2010
MACON, Ga. - The Mercer University men’s basketball team completed its table-turning ways on the Atlantic Sun Conference’s teams from South Florida by notching a 78-72 win over Florida Gulf Coast University on Monday evening at the University Center. The Bears evened their record at 11-11 overall and 7-5 in the A-Sun, while the Eagles dropped to 7-15 and 4-9 in the league.
Just last weekend, MU was toppled by FGCU in Ft. Myers, Fla., 71-70, after also losing to Stetson two days earlier in the Sunshine State. Mercer not only earned the win over the Eagles on Monday, but also got revenge over the Hatters on Saturday in Macon, as well.
MU took the lead on the game’s first bucket and then saw FGCU grab the upper hand with 16:30 left in the half. The Bears finally reclaimed the advantage at the 13:36 juncture on a three-pointer from E.J. Kusnyer.
The Bears quickly ran that margin to double figures and made it hold up throughout the half. Mercer led by as much as 16 points, before carrying a 13-point cushion, 36-23, into the locker room.
It may have felt like the most uncomfortable double-digit lead ever. That’s because MU’s leading scorer, James Florence, was held scoreless in a half of basketball for the first time since Dayton blanked him in the second half on November 25, 2008.