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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 ...

Baseball’s big names fulfill expectations in opening series win

Baseball’s big names fulfill expectations in opening series win

Mitch Robinson

February 28, 2019

What better way to follow up Valentine’s Day than with the return of college baseball?  Feb. 15 saw the Mercer Bears baseball team return to action, hosting the Purple Aces of Evansville. The two schools played a three-game series at OrthoGeorgia Park, with the Bears taking the first two of th...

Lacrosse player Michael O’Brien plans to make most of high expectations

Lacrosse player Michael O’Brien plans to make most of high expectations

Jose Gonzalez

February 27, 2019

As the 2019 Mercer lacrosse season gets underway, all eyes seem to be on junior defenseman Michael O’Brien. O’Brien was honored this pre-season with his selected to the Preseason All-Southern Conference Men’s Lacrosse Team. The honor is not the first of his career. According to O’Brien, ...

Danielle Castleberry brings leadership, love for teammates in her return to the diamond

Danielle Castleberry brings leadership, love for teammates in her return to the diamond

Mitch Robinson

February 27, 2019

In sports, there’s nothing quite like a good comeback story. Take, for example, Mercer softball player Danielle Castleberry. After starting all but six games for the Bears as a freshman, Castleberry was sidelined for the entire 2018 season due to injury. “Every day felt really long, but looking b...

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 23, 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 23, 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 ...

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