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Bears repeat as SoCon Champs, punch ticket to NCAA Tournament

Bears repeat as SoCon Champs, punch ticket to NCAA Tournament

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 11, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

The Mercer Bears women’s basketball team has completed an incredible feat, repeating as Southern Conference champions, after coming back to defeat Furman 66-63 on Sunday. Furman got out to the quick start in the first quarter, but the Bears responded in the second quarter to take a 35-31 lead int...

Defending champion Bears advance to second straight SoCon title game

Defending champion Bears advance to second straight SoCon title game

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 8, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The defending-champion Mercer Bears will have yet another opportunity to cut down the nets in this year’s SoCon Championship game after defeating the No. 5 seed Wofford Terriers, 69-51, in the tournament semi-finals. Friday’s morning matchup saw the Bears get off to yet another slow start on off...

Top-seeded Bears open SoCon Tournament with win over Western Carolina

Top-seeded Bears open SoCon Tournament with win over Western Carolina

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 7, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

As the No. 1 overall seed in a tournament, you play each game with a target on your back, taking the best shot from each team you face. When Mercer took the court against No. 8 seed Western Carolina, most expected a Bears victory. But I’m not sure many expected a dominating victory like this one. ...

Men’s basketball falls to UNCG in regular season finale

Men’s basketball falls to UNCG in regular season finale

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 4, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The 2018-2019 regular season was a rollercoaster ride for the Mercer men's basketball team. A few near-upset wins at the beginning of the season, a handful of close losses to the Southern Conference’s top squads, a winning streak, and now, a rough loss at home in the regular season finale. T...

Bears top Wofford, finish undefeated in SoCon for second consecutive season

Bears top Wofford, finish undefeated in SoCon for second consecutive season

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 4, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

For the second consecutive season, the Mercer women’s basketball team has finished the season with an undefeated Southern Conference record. To do so once is an extremely impressive accomplishment, but to do so twice can only be classified as one thing -- special. Their final win wasn’t han...

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


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

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 sweep road trip, remain undefeated in SoCon

Bears sweep road trip, remain undefeated in SoCon

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

January 22, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

After a rockier than usual start to the season, Mercer women’s basketball seems to have finally found its groove again. A close, last-minute victory over the Western Carolina Catamounts tested the limits of Mercer’s perseverance and toughness. After leading by as much as 20, Mercer saw their led dw...

Cummings scores 36, men’s basketball win first SoCon game

Cummings scores 36, men’s basketball win first SoCon game

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

January 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Men’s basketball entered Thursday night’s battle with Western Carolina on a two-game skid, looking to get back in the victory column. The Catamounts (4-13, 1-3) have had a rollercoaster of a season, but came into the game riding a victory over conference foe Samford which gave them their fir...

Furman connects on game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds left to down Mercer

Furman connects on game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds left to down Mercer

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

  As Daniel Fowler glided down the court with the clock ticking under 10 seconds, he lifted from just outside the key and silenced Hawkins Arena as the ball swished through the net and slashed Mercer’s hopes. The Bears (11-13, 5-6) dropped another close loss Thursday to Furman (15-8, 8-2)...

Bears pull away from The Citadel behind Strawberry’s second-half shooting

Bears pull away from The Citadel behind Strawberry’s second-half shooting

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

January 28, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

It took more than 30 minutes for someone other than Ria’n Holland to make a 3-pointer, but when it did, it came like a flood. Mercer (10-12, 4-5) pulled past The Citadel (9-15, 2-8) 82-66 Saturday behind Jordan Strawberry’s 13-point second-half performance. Strawberry made the Bears’ first 3-pointer...

Stories with Mercer basketball’s Desmond Ringer: Inside the Den

Stories with Mercer basketball’s Desmond Ringer: Inside the Den

Hayes Rule and Justin Baxley

January 24, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Podcast, Showcase, Sports, Video

The Cluster's sports podcast, Inside the Den, is scheduled to record weekly on our Facebook Live. Hayes Rule and Justin Baxley host the show that will feature interviews with Mercer student athletes. Learn more about Mercer's athletes off the field/court by watching the podcast live each week and participating...

Bears fall short 70-68 against Chattanooga

Bears fall short 70-68 against Chattanooga

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

January 14, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Breaking, Showcase, Sports

As Stephon Jelks laid in an uncontested shot as the buzzer sounded, it was the least excited he’d been all game. After an action-packed final minutes -- including back-to-back reviews on inbound plays -- Jelks scored Mercer’s 68th point of the game, knowing it was useless at that point. The Bears...

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