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Men's basketball advance to the quarterfinals on last second shot


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For the fourth year in a row, the Mercer Men’s Basketball Team has won a post season game. Mercer is only one of seven teams to ever win at least one game in the NCAA, CBI, CIT and NIT Tournaments.

In the game against the Seawolves, there were 23 lead changes, with the majority being in the second half. The Bears struggled offensively in the first half of the game. Ike Nwamu, offensive leader for the Bears, only made one out of ten of his first shots, but that did not stop him. Nwamu scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half

. Ten of Nwamu’s points came in the last 2:00 minutes of the game. Jibri Bryan found Nwamu at the three-point line to begin his offensive statement in those final 2:00 minutes.

After Stony Brook tied the game at 70 with only a few seconds left, Nwamu took the game into his own hands. At the top of the key, Nwamu drove to the basket with only a single defender on him. He put up a shot that would hit both the backboard and the rim before dropping in, making the final score 72-70.

Also in the win for the Bears, T.J. Hallice netted 13 points and had eight rebounds in the win. Justin Lewis also added to the win with 12 points, while Matt Panaggio added six of his own.

The Bears will return to Hawkins Arena on March 23 to play Louisiana-Monroe in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

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Men's basketball advance to the quarterfinals on last second shot