Jacksonville 76, Mercer 64

Ben Smith scored a game-high 26 points to lead Jacksonville to a

76-64 win over Mercer on Saturday, solidifying its share of first

place in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Smith hit just 5-of-12 from the floor, but knocked down two

3-pointers in the second half and was 14 of 17 at the free throw

line while dishing out four assists to go with three steals. His

performance at the free throw line moved him into first place on

Jacksonville’s all-time free throws list, surpassing Ralph Tiner’s

record of 555.

The Dolphins (17-10, 13-5) face A-Sun co-leader Campbell at home

on Thursday in a game that could decide the conference crown.

Mercer (14-14, 10-8) cut a 10-point lead down to one with 9:17

left in the game, but the Dolphins went on a 12-3 run from that

juncture to push the lead back to 10.

Daniel Emerson had 22 points and 10 boards to lead Mercer.