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‘Buy them or else’: Investigator testifies Jibri Bryan was killed in drug deal

Jibri Bryan goes up against a defender in the Bears' game against the Chattanooga Mocs, February 2015.

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

March 2, 2016

When Jibri Bryan backed his white Monte Carlo into the Flash Foods parking lot on the corner of College and Forsyth streets, he was there to buy drugs, said a Bibb County investigator. Joe Kovac Jr. and Amy Leigh Womack of the (Macon) Telegraph reported that during a court hearing Wednesday the i...

Rivers floods the scorebooks in second year at Mercer

Demetre Rivers squares up against his Western Carolina defender. He's one of eight returning players this season.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 25, 2016

As bright lights illuminated the hardcourt days after the death of Jibri Bryan, a mourning Hawkins Arena erupted in elation as a 6-foot-8 gliding sophomore jumped from just inside the free-throw line to throw down a bear-sized slam. It was the highlight of an emotional victory. It was a SportsCen...

Strawberry’s 22 points not enough to end Bears’ losing streak

 Jordan Strawberry poses with Toby the Bear.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 20, 2016

Three was the number of points Mercer needed and the number of opportunities it had to tie the game in the final seconds. But when the clock struck zero, the Bears (18-11, 8-8) had come up short, 77-74. The loss was Mercer’s fifth in a row — the worst such streak during head coach Bob Hoffman’s...

Bears lose fourth straight for first time since 2010-11

Geovic Jadol: Jordan Strawberry leaps over intense Western Carolina defense to contribute two points to the Bears.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 18, 2016

Mercer could not have asked for a better start, but they needed a stronger finish. In their first home game following a short road trip, The Bears (18-10, 8-7) jumped out to an early lead, but their quick start fizzled. The Catamounts outscored the Bears 39-31 in the second half to defeat Mercer 72-65. The...

Second arrest made in murder of Mercer basketball player

Jibri Bryan #34 was shot and killed outside of a local gas station.

Justin Baxley and Hayes Rule, Staff

February 3, 2016

The second suspect in the killing of Mercer basketball player Jibri Bryan was arrested Friday evening, according to a report from the Telegraph. Damion Henderson, a 33-year-old originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, was captured by U.S. Marshal's Southeastern Regional Task Force as he attempted to...

Inside the Den:Basketball Special (Episode 9)

Men's Basketball team preparing for the 2015-2016 season.

Justin Baxley and Hayes Rule

November 10, 2015

Hayes and Justin sit down with the head coach of both the men's and women's basketball teams. Coach Bob Hoffman discusses his dancing skills and how the team is shaping up. Coach Susie Gardner tells about her young but talented squad and how they are prepping for the season opener.  All of this and...

Prepare for the Mercer Madness

Men's Basketball team preparing for the 2015-2016 season.

Sophie Peel, Staff Writer

October 15, 2015

Bears’ basketball is just around the corner.   Mercer Madness, beginning Oct. 16, will serve as a preview. The men’s and women’s teams will take the floor in exhibition match ups. The event, now in its second year, serves to bring together fans and players. Since the Bears’ upset over D...

Hoffman finally receives national recognition

Justin Baxley, Staff Writer

October 10, 2014

After 34 years of hard work, dedication and a passion for the game of basketball, Bob Hoffman, head coach of the Mercer Bears men’s basketball team, is finally receiving national recognition. Coach Hoffman has won the Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year award in 2013 and 2014. He has also been awarded...

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