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NCAA Game Summary - Mercer at Florida Gulf Coast



(Sunday, March 9th)

Final Score: Mercer 68, Florida Gulf Coast 60

Fort Myers, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - For Mercer, revenge is sweet.

Langston Hall and Anthony White Jr. each scored 15 points as the Bears held off late-charging Florida Gulf Coast 68-60 to capture the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament title and book their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 29 years.

The game was a rematch of last year's final, won by Florida Gulf Coast on Mercer's home floor.

Mercer returned the favor on Sunday, ending the Eagles' 12-game home winning streak and their hopes of another storybook run in the NCAA Tournament. FGCU advanced to the Sweet 16 as a No. 15 seed, knocking off both Georgetown and San Diego State.

The Bears (26-8), who will join the Southern Conference next season, got 13 points from Daniel Coursey.

Brett Comer and Bernard Thompson scored 14 points apiece for an Eagles (22-12) team that fell behind by 18 in the first half and nearly climbed out of the hole.

The start to the game was delayed due to a power problem at Alico Arena, where FGCU had won 17 straight against A-Sun teams.

The issue was a harbinger of the Eagles' flickering offense in the first half.

FGCU shot 20.8 percent (5-of-24) and Mercer seized control behind a 20-2 run.

The Bears were cold shooting to begin the second half, missing 11-of-12 from the floor, and the Eagles chipped away at the deficit.

They pulled to within 43-42 on a Chase Fieler layup with 8:50 remaining, but couldn't move ahead. FGCU held the lead only once in the game, after Thompson opened the scoring with a free throw.

Mercer responded with a 7-0 run to create a little distance.

FGCU continued to hang around, with a Thompson layup closing the gap to 59-56 with 2:29 to play. Eric McKnight was fouled on the play, but missed both free throws for the Eagles.

Hall then hit a pullup jumper and Coursey sank two free throws to make it 63-56 with one minute left.

Game Notes

FGCU became the fourth team to reach the A-Sun title game three straight years ... Both teams went 14-4 to share the regular-season league title, but FGCU won the tiebreaker for the top seed ... Thompson became the Eagles' all-time leading scorer with 1,379 points. He passed Ryan Hopkins, who had 1,367 points from 2002-05 ... Comer registered five assists to tie Bryan Crislip (2002-05) for the most in school history with 606.

03/09 17:55:34 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
16th
DUR 5
CHR 1
 
Final
BOS 7
BAL 1
Final
PIT 2
CHC 5
Final
DET 2
NYY 1
Final
MIL 1
CIN 6
Final
CWS 4
CLE 3
 
Final
KAN 7
MIN 1
7th
COL 2
SDP 14
 
3rd
ANA 2
OAK 4
 
3rd
SEA 2
HOU 2
 
Final
CHI 91
MIL 82
2nd
GSW 17
NOP 28
 
Final
PIT 1
NYR 2
Final
MIN 3
STL 0
2nd Intermission
WIN 4
ANA 3
 
16th
DUR 5
CHR 1