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Mercer hoards 2018 postseason awards

Mercer hoards 2018 postseason awards

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

In a year stockpiled filled with accolades, Women’s Basketball senior Kahlia Lawrence was named the 2018 Southern Conference Player of the Year, highlighting a bevy of season awards for the Bears. This is Lawrence’s third consecutive year receiving the award, a SoCon first, and it comes on the heel...

Shoot Your Shot: Sweep Complete, Mercer claims third straight SoCon Regular Season Title

Shoot Your Shot: Sweep Complete, Mercer claims third straight SoCon Regular Season Title

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

No. 25 Mercer Women’s Basketball completed its sweep of the Southern Conference regular season last week with wins over rivals, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and East Tennessee State University. The Bears (27-2,14-0) finished conference play undefeated, pushed their win streak to 24 games an...

Strawberry’s game winner lifts Bears over Terriers in season finale

Strawberry’s game winner lifts Bears over Terriers in season finale

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized

Wofford guard Trevor Stumpe pulled up for the jump shot with 15 seconds to go and drilled it, sinking the hearts of the Mercer faithful. Coach Hoffman called a timeout, attempting to draw up the perfect play to guide his team to victory. “We actually changed the play right before we threw the ball i...

Bears beat The Citadel on the road to continue streak

Bears beat The Citadel on the road to continue streak

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 24, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

For the third game in a row, it was the Mercer Bears’ offense that guided them to victory, at least in the second half. The two teams combined to shoot just 2-of-13 in the opening four minutes, with the Citadel clinging to a 4-2 lead. The next three minutes belonged to the Bears, with a 10-2 ru...

Shoot Your Shot: Three-Peat Complete

Shoot Your Shot: Three-Peat Complete

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Mercer Women’s Basketball (25-2, 12-0) has done it again, using their last three victories to secure their third consecutive Southern Conference regular season title. In the last week, they have defeated Samford University, Western Carolina University and University of North Carolina-Greensboro to...

Seniors lead the way on Senior Night to help keep Bears’ streak alive

Seniors lead the way on Senior Night to help keep Bears’ streak alive

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

For Mercer basketball’s six player senior class, tonight was a bittersweet moment as they played in their final home game as Bears. What better way to go out than by leading their team to victory in front of a packed house in Hawkins Arena? After the game, each of the seniors echoed the message of senior...

Strawberry and Cummings lead Mercer over UNCG for Mercer’s fifth straight victory

Strawberry and Cummings lead Mercer over UNCG for Mercer’s fifth straight victory

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 17, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

“Jordan Strawberry had the best game of his Mercer career tonight,” Coach Hoffman said about the play of his senior guard. “He’s had a lot of great games, but tonight was really special.” Strawberry scored 27 points, his highest total of the season, and went 11-of-11 from the free throw...

Bears crush VMI for fourth consecutive win

Bears crush VMI for fourth consecutive win

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 17, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized

"I love winning like this,” coach Hoffman said after Thursday’s game. For this first time since January 13, the Bears put together a truly dominate performance on both ends of the floor en route to an 82-58 blowout victory over the Virginia Military Institute Keydets. Mercer opened the ga...

Bears defeat Samford on the road, heating up at right time

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Bears are heating up, and it could not be happening at a better time. “We've come a long way over the past week or so,” Head Coach Bob Hoffman said after the game. “We just need to keep doing the little things that can help us maintain this momentum that we've created.” The Bears ...

Shoot Your Shot: Paladins, Terriers no match for Mercer

Shoot Your Shot: Paladins, Terriers no match for Mercer

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Another one. Actually another two. Mercer Women’s Basketball (22-2, 9-0) added two more to their win streak of now 19 games and remained unbeaten in Southern Conference competition. The Bears defeated both Furman University (13-11, 3-6) and Wofford College (10-14, 3-6) last week extending thei...

Ross Cummings shoots Bears to huge 73-65 win over Wofford

Ross Cummings shoots Bears to huge 73-65 win over Wofford

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 3, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Ross Cummings came into Saturday’s matchup averaging just eight minutes per contest for a struggling Mercer team. The sophomore guard’s role has been that of a catch-and-shoot marksman, coming in when the team needs a basket. That all changed on Saturday. Cummings went berserk, scoring 22 points and...

Bears couldn’t overcome barrage of three pointers in 85-73 loss to Furman

Bears couldn’t overcome barrage of three pointers in 85-73 loss to Furman

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 2, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Furman Paladins (16-7, 7-3) rolled into Thursday’s matchup with Mercer averaging ten 3-pointers per game, good for third in the SoCon, and first in 3-point defense, sitting them atop of the SoCon standings. Thursday, the Paladins unloaded a barrage of 15 three pointers on 50 percent shootin...

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