Kennesaw State 66, Mercer 63

Spencer Dixon scored 16 points and Kennesaw State hit its free

throws down the stretch to hold off Mercer 66-63 on Thursday

night.

Mercer kept the game close throughout the second half, cutting

the lead to 64-63 with 8 seconds to play on a layup by James

Florence, who finished with a game-high 19 points but had six

turnovers.

But the Owls (12-12, 7-6 Atlantic Sun Conference), who made nine

out of 10 free throws in the last 2 minutes, got two free throws

from the Jon-Michael Nickerson to seal the victory.

Kennesaw State has won six in a row. It’s the longest winning

streak since the 2005-06 season when the Owls won seven

straight.

Daniel Emerson finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds – five

offensive – for the Bears (11-12, 7-6), who held an 11-point lead

in the first half until Kennesaw State went on a 24-9 run to take a

30-26 halftime lead.