Mercer 61, Kennesaw St. 57

Jakob Gollon scored 17 points and Mercer rallied to defeat

Kennesaw State 61-57 Friday night for its ninth straight win and

first 20-win season in nine years.

The Bears (20-7, 12-2 Atlantic Sun Conference) used a 13-2 run

to turn a six-point deficit with 13:26 remaining into a five-point

lead, then held on to deny the Owls (3-23, 0-14) their first league

victory.

Kennesaw State got to 53-52 on a Spencer Dixon 3-pointer with

5:14 left, but could not pull ahead.

There were four lead changes in the first half, with Mercer

leading 27-24 at the break.

The Bears outshot the Owls 55.8 percent (24 of 43) to 32.1

percent (18 of 56) to sweep the season series, having won 81-51 on

Jan. 13.

Bud Thomas added 14 points, Monty Brown 12 and Langston Hall 11

for Mercer.

Dixon’s 19 points paced Kennesaw State, which has lost 14

straight.