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Women’s basketball edges ETSU in overtime thriller

Women’s basketball edges ETSU in overtime thriller

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 23, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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 23, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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 ...

Bears come up short at home in loss to The Citadel

Bears come up short at home in loss to The Citadel

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 10, 2019


Filed under Basketball

From time to time in the game of basketball, there are some games that it feels like you must win. Saturday’s matchup with The Citadel (11-12, 3-9 SoCon) was one of those games for Mercer men’s basketball. They came into the game with a 3-8 conference record, on the wrong side of a three-game l...

Bears lose third straight game, fall to 3-8 in SoCon

Bears lose third straight game, fall to 3-8 in SoCon

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 7, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Coming into Saturday’s matchup, the Furman Paladins had beaten the Mercer Bears six consecutive times. In the first of two meetings this season, the Paladins (17-5, 6-4 SoCon) beat Mercer 71-58. To date, it’s the Bears’ worst conference loss of the season. In similar fashion to the last gam...

Mercer women’s basketball just keeps on winning

Mercer women’s basketball just keeps on winning

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 4, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

When you are the top team in your conference, you play each game with a giant target on your back. You are the prey and your opponents are the predators. Mercer women’s basketball (14-7, 6-0 SoCon) found that out quickly on the road at Wofford, their first of two road games for the weekend. Th...

Missed free throws doom Bears in loss to Wofford

Missed free throws doom Bears in loss to Wofford

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 4, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The top team in the Southern Conference walked into Hawkins Arena Thursday tonight as heavy favorites against a Mercer team sitting in seventh place. Wofford is a team that has dominated Mercer (8-14, 3-7) during Hoffman’s tenure, winning seven of the last 10 meetings between the teams. And with the ...

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