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Bears fall to UGA in first round of NCAA Tournament

Bears fall to UGA in first round of NCAA Tournament

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 17, 2018

Mercer women’s basketball came into Saturday’s opening round game as a No. 13 seed matched up with No. 4 seed Georgia. The Bulldogs came in as a heavy favorite, but the Bears played with incredible energy and intensity behind a strong Mercer presence in the stands. The game was a back-and-forth affair the ent...

Bears top Grand Canyon University, advance to second round of CBI tourney

Mercer Bears their huddle during their game against Grand Canyon University.

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 15, 2018

After an early exit from the SoCon tourney, the Bears were back in action Wednesday for opening round action in the 2018 College Basketball Invitational Tournament. The first challenge of the tournament came in the form of the Antelopes of Grand Canyon University. As the lower ranked seed in the ...

Rematch! Mercer Women to take on Georgia in first round of 2018 NCAA Tournament

From left to right: Seniors Shon Kitchens, Kahlia Lawrence, Sydni Means, and Kayla Potts waited to hear who they'd be playing in the 2018 NCAA Tournament

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018

Sounds like payback may be in order. No. 25 Mercer Women’s Basketball will take on in-state opponent No. 18 Georgia in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. This will be the second time that the Bears play the Bulldogs this year. The NCAA handed Mercer the No. 13 see...

Mercer history made: Lady Bears win SoCon championship

The Women's Basketball team poses with their trophy after winning the SoCon Championship.

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 4, 2018

Just under a year ago, the Bears lost a heartbreaker in the SoCon title game to Chattanooga. It was the second year in a row Mercer had come up just short. “I remember all the emotions, the awful emotions, the angst of losing,” head coach Susie Gardner said. Bears guard Sydni Means said last ye...

Men’s basketball falls in SoCon quarterfinals to Wofford

Jordan Strawberry after Mercer falling to Wofford in the SoCon semi-finals.

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 3, 2018

One of the hardest things to do in all of sports is to beat the same team three times in one season. The Bears found that out the hard way on Saturday afternoon. Mercer’s SoCon championship hopes came to a halt in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, falling to the fifth seed Wofford Terrie...

Women’s basketball advances to SoCon Championship

The Women's basketball team walking off the court after their victory over Samford.

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018

For the second game in a row, Mercer led from start to finish, won by more than 30 points, and again, Mercer’s Kahlia Lawrence scored 23 points. Most importantly, Mercer women’s basketball is heading to the SoCon Championship game, after blowing out No. 5 seeded Samford, 81-44. Mercer’s defen...

The Ruling: Win and you’re in

Ross Cummings dribbles up the court against Western Carolina.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018

The formula is pretty simple now for the Bears: Win, and you get to keep playing. The regular season doesn’t mean anything now. Mercer’s 18-13 record. The trials and tribulations. The ups. The downs. The injuries. The game winners. None of it matters. Win, and you’re in. The Bears wi...

Women’s basketball cruises into SoCon Semifinals

Keke Calloway shoots against Western Carolina defender.

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 1, 2018

The Mercer Women’s basketball team kicked off the 2018 SoCon Tournament with a 75-44 trouncing of No. 8 seed Western Carolina, tying a SoCon record in the process. The Bears won their 25th consecutive game, which tied Chattanooga for the most consecutive wins in conference history. The Bears sta...

Strawberry’s game winner lifts Bears over Terriers in season finale


Desmond Ringer posts up with the ball against Wofford center Matthew Pegram.

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 25, 2018

Wofford guard Trevor Stumpe pulled up for the jump shot with 15 seconds to go and drilled it, sinking the hearts of the Mercer faithful. Coach Hoffman called a timeout, attempting to draw up the perfect play to guide his team to victory. “We actually changed the play right before we threw the ball i...

Bears beat The Citadel on the road to continue streak

Jordan Strawberry dribbles the ball up the floor against the defense.

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 24, 2018

For the third game in a row, it was the Mercer Bears’ offense that guided them to victory, at least in the second half. The two teams combined to shoot just 2-of-13 in the opening four minutes, with the Citadel clinging to a 4-2 lead. The next three minutes belonged to the Bears, with a 10-2 ru...

Seniors lead the way on Senior Night to help keep Bears’ streak alive

The six Mercer Bears seniors after their victory over Western Carolina (left to right) Demetre Rivers, Desmond Ringer, Stephon Jelks, Ria'n Holland, Jordan Strawberry and Rashad Lewis. Photo by Christian Hartley.

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 21, 2018

For Mercer basketball’s six player senior class, tonight was a bittersweet moment as they played in their final home game as Bears. What better way to go out than by leading their team to victory in front of a packed house in Hawkins Arena? After the game, each of the seniors echoed the message of senior...

Strawberry and Cummings lead Mercer over UNCG for Mercer’s fifth straight victory

Jordan Strawberry drives the ball past the UNCG player. Photo by Christian Hartley.

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 17, 2018

“Jordan Strawberry had the best game of his Mercer career tonight,” Coach Hoffman said about the play of his senior guard. “He’s had a lot of great games, but tonight was really special.” Strawberry scored 27 points, his highest total of the season, and went 11-of-11 from the free throw...

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