Denver 69, Mercer 40

Royce O’Neale scored 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, grabbed five

rebounds and dished out three assists to lead Denver past visiting

Mercer on Wednesday night 69-40.

Denver (2-4) led 15-13 with 11:23 to play in the first half

after Daniel Coursey hit a lay-up for the Bears, but the Pioneers

struck back, outscoring Mercer 18-6 capped by an O’Neale lay-in at

the buzzer to make it 33-19 at halftime.

The Pioneers, which ended a four-game losing streak with the win

over the Bears, outscored Mercer 36-21 in the second half and shot

54.7 percent from the field including seven 3-pointers and had 19

assists as a team.

Chris Udofia scored 14 points, had four rebounds and three

assists for Denver while teammate Brett Olson chipped in with 10

points and four rebounds.

Coursey was the only player in double figures for Mercer (4-5),

scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting.