Mercer 63, Lipscomb 54

Bud Thomas scored 15 points, grabbed five boards and blocked two

shots as Mercer beat Lipscomb 63-54 Thursday night, snapping a

two-game skid.

Daniel Coursey added 12 points and blocked five shots for

Mercer, which had 10 blocks as a team and held Lipscomb to just 33

percent (20 of 60) from the field.

Mercer (20-9, 12-4 Atlantic Sun Conference) jumped out to an

early 12-7 lead behind seven points from Thomas. The Bears pushed

that lead to 15, 29-14, behind a Justin Cecil 3-pointer with 5:27

left in the first half.

Lipscomb (12-16, 7-9) cut the deficit to 45-44 in the second

half but Mercer used an 8-1 run to seal the win.

Mercer shot 42 percent (23 of 55) from the field and hit 12 of

16 free throws. Martin Smith led Lipscomb with 12 but the Bison

struggled from the line, hitting 8 of 17 attempts.