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.