Mercer 66, Jacksonville 63

James Florence hit two free throws with 15 seconds left and

Mercer held on to defeat the Bears 66-63 on Friday night in an

Atlantic Sun Conference tournament semifinal.

Danny Emerson scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Jeff

Smith added 18 points for the sixth-seeded Bears (16-16).

Mercer will face East Tennessee State in the title game on


Florence, a 2,300 career-point scorer, had just seven against

Jacksonville, all coming in the second half.

The Bears took a 61-58 lead on a three-point play by Emerson

with 3:54, and the Dolphins (19-12) went 1-for-5 from the free

throw line the rest of the way.

The game featured 13 ties and 13 lead changes.

Ben Smith scored 19 points for Jacksonville, Ayron Hardy 13 and

Lehmon Colbert 11.