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Shorthanded Bears dealt 84-75 road loss at ETSU

Shorthanded Bears dealt 84-75 road loss at ETSU

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Mercer men’s basketball squad (10-11, 3-5) came into its matchup with the East Tennessee State University Bucs (17-4, 8-0) still ailing after losing its leading scorer Ria’n Holland for at least 2-3 weeks to a hand injury. The Bears dropped their last game against UNCG in overtime just four days...

Shoot Your Shot: Bears set and extend program record with 15 consecutive wins

Shoot Your Shot: Bears set and extend program record with 15 consecutive wins

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

January 25, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

Put three more in the W column for the women’s basketball team after it collected impressive wins over SoCon opponents in the last week. The winning streak extended to 15 games, but the last two are proof that there is still work to be done for the Bears. “We got off to a great start in the first ...

Bears late game heroics not enough in 70-66 overtime road loss to UNCG

Bears late game heroics not enough in 70-66 overtime road loss to UNCG

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

The Mercer Bears (10-10, 3-4) were without injured leading scorer Ria’n Holland in Saturday’s SoCon matchup with the UNCG Spartans (14-5, 5-1), owners of three straight wins over the Bears. It was the best team the Bears had played since their home loss to ETSU on Dec. 31, 2017. The absence o...

Ria’n Holland out at least 2-3 weeks with right wrist injury

Ria’n Holland out at least 2-3 weeks with right wrist injury

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

January 23, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

Mercer leading scorer Ria’n Holland will miss at least 2-3 weeks with a right wrist injury, according to the program. He will then be evaluated once again after that timespan. Holland suffered the injury Jan. 18 in the second half of a 62-56 win over Virginia Military Institute. Holland, a membe...

Bears outlast Keydets 62-56, earn third straight SoCon victory

Bears outlast Keydets 62-56, earn third straight SoCon victory

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

January 20, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Mercer men’s basketball’s had the opportunity to turn January 18 into quite the momentous occasion for several reasons. The Bears went into Thursday’s game on a two-game SoCon winning streak, and beginning to build momentum toward getting their season back on track. Not only that, the Bears...

The Ruling: Bears behind the eight ball in conference play

The Ruling: Bears behind the eight ball in conference play

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

January 18, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Sickness and the winter break got the best of me, but The Ruling is back in session as Mercer basketball ramps up Southern Conference play -- the most vital portion of the season. It hasn’t exactly gone as planned so far. After a 7-6 non-conference season, Mercer lost its first three conference...

Bears edge out Mocs 74-71 in overtime thriller

Bears edge out Mocs 74-71 in overtime thriller

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

January 17, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Multimedia, Showcase, Sports, Video

The Mercer Men’s basketball team (9-9, 2-3) entered its match up with the Chattanooga Mocs (6-13, 0-6) riding a wave of momentum coming off its 31-point difference thrashing of rival Samford just two days prior. In that game against Samford, the bears had secured a much needed conference win to...

Bears earn first SoCon win with 81 to 50 blowout of Samford

Bears earn first SoCon win with 81 to 50 blowout of Samford

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

January 15, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

The Mercer Bears (8-9, 1-3) came into Saturday’s matchup with rival Samford looking for answers. After a tough 2-point road loss to Western Carolina, the Bears had fallen to 0-3 in Southern Conference play, putting them tied for last in the standings and the wrong side of a 3 game skid. It was a c...

Bears come up a basket short in road loss to Western Carolina

Bears come up a basket short in road loss to Western Carolina

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

January 15, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

The Mercer Bears (7-9, 0-3) could not buy a basket in a close 58-56 road loss to SoCon rival Western Carolina (7-9, 3-1), 01/10. Stingy defense allowed the Bears to hang around until the very end. It was lack of offensive execution down the stretch that doomed the Bears, scoring just 10 points over th...

Shoot Your Shot: #KeKe4Three

Shoot Your Shot: #KeKe4Three

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

January 10, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

#KeKe4Three is a hashtag that the Mercer Women’s Basketball Twitter page (@MercerWBB) and Bears fans have gotten used to using. It is Keke’s world and we are all just living in it. Mercer Women’s Basketball is rolling. The Bears (15-2, 2-0) extended their win streak to 12 games after wins over W...

Shoot Your Shot: Big wins in Tar Heel State cap non-conference schedule

Shoot Your Shot: Big wins in Tar Heel State cap non-conference schedule

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

January 8, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Santa Claus must have put hot shooting under the Bears Christmas tree this year, because they put up two of the three highest scoring games of the year in the Tar Heel State. Speaking of Tar Heels, Mercer (13-2, 0-0) put up 97 points in Chapel Hill to stun North Carolina, 97-86, en route to their bigges...

Bears get back on track in 82-64 rout of Florida A&M  

Bears get back on track in 82-64 rout of Florida A&M  

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports

It was gut check time for the Mercer Bears. Mercer came in riding a two-game skid, and fresh off a heartbreaking double-overtime loss against the Memphis Tigers. How would they respond against the Rattlers of Florida A&M? At the break, the Bears led in virtually every statistical category, including fiel...

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