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Dynamic duo making history for Mercer women’s basketball

Dynamic duo making history for Mercer women’s basketball

Mitch Robinson

March 27, 2019

Basketball’s history is riddled with legendary partnerships: Shaq and Kobe, Jordan and Pippen, Steph and Klay- the list could go on. No matter who else was on the floor, these pairings always stood out. On this year’s talented Mercer women’s basketball team, two players stood above the res...

Greg Gary hired to lead Mercer men’s basketball program

Greg Gary hired to lead Mercer men’s basketball program

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 27, 2019

After the unexpected firing of former men’s basketball head coach Bob Hoffman, the Mercer Athletics department commenced their search for a new head coach to lead the program. Just 16 days later, the search is over.   In a press release on Mar. 26, Mercer Athletics announced the hiring of current Pur...

Bears upset bid comes up just short in season-ending loss to Iowa in NCAA Tournament

Bears upset bid comes up just short in season-ending loss to Iowa in NCAA Tournament

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 25, 2019

The Mercer Bears women’s basketball entered the 2019 NCAA Tournament as one of the four No. 15 seeds, squaring off with the No. 2 seed Iowa Hawkeyes in the Greensboro region. Iowa, led by NCAAw Player of the Year Megan Gustagson, was dominant early on, taking an early 14-2 lead over the Bears. Howev...

Women’s basketball to face Iowa in opening round of 2019 NCAA Tournament

Women’s basketball to face Iowa in opening round of 2019 NCAA Tournament

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 19, 2019

The wait is over. After a little over a week of anticipation, the Mercer women’s basketball team found out who their first round matchup will be in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The Bears were given a No. 15 seed in the Greensboro region, earning them a matchup against the No. 2 seed Iowa Hawkeyes. L...

BREAKING: Men’s basketball head coach Bob Hoffman let go after underwhelming season

BREAKING: Men’s basketball head coach Bob Hoffman let go after underwhelming season

Mitch Robinson, Lead Sports Writer

March 11, 2019

Mercer Bears men’s basketball head coach Bob Hoffman has been relieved of his duties, according to a Monday morning press release from Mercer Athletics. The decision comes after a season that saw the Bears win just six conference games and exit the Southern Conference tournament in the first matchup...

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

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

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

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. ...

Two teams, one goal: Mercer basketball teams enter the 2019 SoCon Tournament

Two teams, one goal: Mercer basketball teams enter the 2019 SoCon Tournament

Mitch Robinson, Lead Sports Writer

March 5, 2019

For even the most casual of sports fans, March is a special month. College baseball is starting to heat up, professional baseball spring training is underway, and professional basketball is zeroing in on the playoffs. But above all else, March is known for one thing: college basketball’s March Madness. M...

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

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

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...

Men’s basketball falls to VMI on the road

Men’s basketball falls to VMI on the road

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 1, 2019

Mercer men’s basketball entered Thursday’s matchup with the Keydets of Virginia MIlitary Institute (9-20, 3-14 SoCon) riding a two game winning streak. All signs pointed to the Bears having finally found their rhythm and identity. Well, the Bears (11-18, 6-11 SoCon) didn’t look like the same t...

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