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Men’s basketball falls to VMI on the road

Men’s basketball falls to VMI on the road

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 28, 2019

Mercer men’s basketball entered Thursday’s matchup with the Keydets of Virginia MIlitary Institute (9-20, 3-14 SoCon) riding a two game winning streak. All signs pointed to the Bears having finally found their rhythm and identity. Well, the Bears (11-18, 6-11 SoCon) didn’t look like the same t...

Bears hold on for 66-62 victory over Furman

Bears hold on for 66-62 victory over Furman

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 28, 2019

Mercer women’s basketball vs Furman -- a matchup of the top two teams in the Southern Conference. Also, a potential preview of the 2019 SoCon Championship that will take place in just over a week. The Bears got out to a hot start by playing stifling defense and getting out in transition. They ...

Women’s basketball overcomes poor shooting in win over Chattanooga

Women’s basketball overcomes poor shooting in win over Chattanooga

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 25, 2019

It wasn’t pretty, and it definitely wasn’t easy, but Mercer women’s basketball found a way to keep their winning streak alive. Conference road games are always tough to win, but when you shoot just 39-percent from the floor, get out-rebounded and you only make one 3-pointer -- on paper, it can ...

Bears win second straight as Cummings leads Mercer past Mocs

Bears win second straight as Cummings leads Mercer past Mocs

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 25, 2019

That’s what Mercer secured in Saturday’s game against Chattanooga, giving the Bears two straight wins as the season began to wind down. It didn’t look promising early for the Bears, as it was Chattanooga (12-17, 7-9 SoCon) who led for most of the first half and entered halftime up 42-34. T...

Women’s basketball edges ETSU in overtime thriller

Women’s basketball edges ETSU in overtime thriller

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 22, 2019

The Bears traveled to Johnson City, Tennessee for a matchup with East Tennessee State Buccaneers on Thursday, the first of two straight road games. Mercer got out ahead of the Bucs early thanks to fast starts from starters Amanda Thompson and Shannon Titus. At the end of the opening quarter, the Bea...

Bears ride strong first half to outlast Samford

Bears ride strong first half to outlast Samford

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 22, 2019

Mercer needed a victory. And they needed it bad. Coming off a 19-point thrashing at the hands of East Tennessee State, the Bears were reeling and in desperate need of a win to get them back on track. They got that win. But it wasn’t easy -- at all. The Bears came out firing on all cylinders, and S...

Bears dominated by ETSU in road loss

Bears dominated by ETSU in road loss

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 19, 2019

It’s been a rollercoaster ride of a season for Mercer men’s basketball and it continued on Saturday afternoon. The Bears have competed start to finish with all of their SoCon competition this season, but Saturday was different. Saturday wasn’t close at all. East Tennessee State was the superi...

Bears run past Catamounts in 27th straight conference win

Bears run past Catamounts in 27th straight conference win

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 19, 2019

After nearly every win this season, Mercer Head Coach Susie Gardner has mentioned that her team has yet to play a complete game this year. She’s been right. On many occasions, Mercer has played a great first half only to slip up in the second half and allow teams to get back into games. Satur...

Men’s basketball gets back on track with win over WCU

Men’s basketball gets back on track with win over WCU

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 16, 2019

The Mercer men’s basketball team was in unfamiliar territory for Valentine’s Day this year as the Bears found themselves in Cullowhee, North Carolina for a date with the Western Carolina Catamounts. After their last game, Mercer Head Coach Bob Hoffman was asked about potential changes to the Bears ...

Bears rally to defeat UNCG at home

Bears rally to defeat UNCG at home

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 15, 2019

Thursday night was Valentine's Day, and the Mercer Bears had a date with the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro. The long story short? It didn’t exactly work out, and the feeling was pretty mutual. The Bears (17-7, 9-0) and Spartans traded blows from the game’s opening tip, but it was UNCG who got ...

Basketball brotherhood: Mercer basketball’s Stair brothers

Basketball brotherhood: Mercer basketball’s Stair brothers

Mitch Robinson

February 12, 2019

Fans of Mercer basketball will recognize Ethan Stair as one of the team’s key contributors this season. After battling a variety of injuries the past two years, Stair has started every game for the Bears this year and is averaging 11.1 points per game. Fans may not know, however, that Ethan’s y...

Calloway’s 22 points propels Bears over Samford on the road

Calloway’s 22 points propels Bears over Samford on the road

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 10, 2019

Mercer women’s basketball closed out a three-game road trip in Homewood, Alabama on Saturday afternoon with a matchup against the Bulldogs of Furman. The Bears defeated the Bulldogs (7-15, 2-5 SoCon) in overtime earlier this season at Hawkins Arena in a start-to-finish close game. However, the ...

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