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Men’s basketball falls at UAB in season opener

Men’s basketball falls at UAB in season opener

Christian Hartley

November 8, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Mercer men’s basketball fell short in its season opener on Tuesday night, falling on the road to the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers, 75-67. The game was back-and-forth for most of the first half, as the Bears and Blazers traded leads in the opening 12 minutes. Mercer had their largest lead 16-10 with 9:5...

Cory Kilby looks ahead to final Mercer Basketball season

Cory Kilby looks ahead to final Mercer Basketball season

Ryan Weaver, Lead Sports Writer

November 4, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Cory Kilby is entering his last season with Mercer Men’s basketball, and he looks to step up as a leader and help pass the torch to the team’s underclassmen. Kilby said he grew up around basketball because of his dad’s love for the sport. He spent a lot of time going to the gym with his dad fo...

Orange and White Tip-Off Game Preview

Orange and White Tip-Off Game Preview

Keith Holmes Jr.

October 8, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Last season, the Mercer men’s basketball team had 19 wins and 15 losses. This was an improvement over the previous year with 15 wins and 17 losses. The Bears look to further expand their success into this coming season. The annual Orange and White game will be the first test of their preparedn...

Sydni Means hangs up the shoes, puts on the whistle

Sydni Means hangs up the shoes, puts on the whistle

Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

August 17, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Coaching Spotlight, Showcase, Sports

Fans of college basketball know the heartbreak of watching young talent come through, join their favorite team and then depart after four years. However, there is a noticeable pattern of Mercer alumni coming back to fill coaching positions for their former teams. For former Mercer Women’s Basketball point...

Amanda Thompson is Living on a Prayer

Amanda Thompson is Living on a Prayer

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

Some athletes find motivation from popular quotes. Some find it from coaches or peers. Others find it from within themselves. Amanda Thompson finds it in the Bible verse, Colossians 3:23: ““Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” ...

Jelks, Holland represent SoCon in National 3×3 Tournament

Jelks, Holland represent SoCon in National 3×3 Tournament

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Two seniors from the Mercer men’s basketball team participated in a national three-on-three basketball tournament the weekend of March 30. Stephon Jelks and Ria’n Holland traveled to San Antonio to compete in the Dos Equis 3x3U National Championship. The tournament was open to college seniors...

Bears say goodbye to Seniors in loss to North Texas

Bears say goodbye to Seniors in loss to North Texas

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 31, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Mercer men’s basketball ran into a freight train in the form of North Texas in 96-67 loss in the second round of the College Basketball Invitational. The Mean Green came out firing on all cylinders, leading Mercer for 38 of the game’s 40 total minutes. Jordan Strawberry led the Bears with 25 poin...

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


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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

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

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 15, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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

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

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Spotlight

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...

Shoot Your Shot: Redemption, Bears claim their first Southern Conference Tournament Title

Shoot Your Shot: Redemption, Bears claim their first Southern Conference Tournament Title

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

March 9, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

“It’s indescribable. I promise, I don’t have words for you right now.” That’s how Kahlia Lawrence explained her feelings after No. 25 Mercer Women’s Basketball pulled out a victory in the championship game of the Southern Conference tournament, their first tournament title after two agonizin...

Mercer history made: Lady Bears win SoCon championship

Mercer history made: Lady Bears win SoCon championship

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 4, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

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...

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