Stetson 79, Mercer 72

Freshman forward Luis Jacobo scored 16 of his career-high 18
points in the first half and Stetson held on for a 79-72 win over
Mercer on Friday night.

Stetson (6-11, 4-3 Atlantic Sun Conference) built a 39-29
halftime lead behind Jacobo, who connected on 7 of 9 shots,
including two 3-pointers. Stetson also got 16 points and 10
rebounds from Ridge Graham and 15 points from Joel Naburgs.

Mercer guards Jeff Smith and Langston Hall combined for 27
points in the second half. Smith twice cut the lead to four points,
making a 3-pointer with 2:26 to play and two free throws with 56.2
seconds remaining.

But Stetson held off Mercer by making 6 of 8 free throws in the
final minute.

Smith finished with 21 points and Hall had 20 for the Bears
(4-13, 1-5), who lost for the sixth time in their last seven
games.

The game was tied at 22 when Stetson pushed its zone defense
farther out on the perimeter after Mercer had hit three consecutive
outside shots, including 3-pointers by Smith and Hall.

The Hatters then went on a 17-4 run led by Jacobo, who provided
nine points, for a 13-point lead at 39-26, while Mercer made just 3
of 14 shots in the last 9:24 of the first half.

Stetson matched its largest lead at 13 points when Corey Walden
hit the second of two free throws for a 61-48 lead with 7:19
left.

Stetson senior center Graeme Radford led a 35-25 rebounding
advantage by pulling down a career-high 10 boards.