Mercer 66, Furman 46

Bud Thomas scored 16 points and Mercer needed a late run to pull

away from Furman for a 66-46 win on Thursday night.

The Bears (2-1), coming off an 81-63 loss at No. 24 Missouri,

held the Paladins (2-1) to 24.6 percent shooting from the field (14

of 57) and 3 of 20 from long range.

Both teams started slowly, with the score tied at 14 after more

than 16 minutes.

Mercer took a 22-19 lead into the break, then Furman scored the

first two baskets of the second half. The Bears regained the

advantage, building a 14-point cushion, but the Paladins closed to

46-42 with 6:03 remaining. A 16-2 run gave Mercer a 62-44 lead with

1:28 left.

Daniel Coursey added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Bears,

who shot 49 percent from the field (25 of 51).

Bryant Irwin led Furman with 11 points and 11 rebounds.