Hot Start for Mercer Hoops

Posted by J. Andrew Lockwood on November-15-2009 Add Comments

The Mercer men didn’t disappoint in their first road trip of the season to Rhode Island for the three game World Vision Invitational. Playing Bucknell, Bryant, and Providence, the Bears would win two of the three contests with an explosive offense and with a determined defense.

The Bears (2-1) won the season opener 89-80 against the Bucknell Bison of the Patriot League, a team that went to the second round of the NCAA tournament only a few years ago after an upset win over Arkansas. Powered by senior guard James Florence’s 33 points and some late game heroics from junior Jeff Smith, the Bears won the barn-burner contest in which both teams shot close to 50% from the field. Ultimately, Mercer would outscore the Bison by...

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