Mercer 67, Oglethorpe 44
Justin Cecil scored 14 points and Mercer rallied to beat
Oglethorpe, holding the Stormy Petrels to two points in the final
9:59 of a season-opening 67-44 victory on Friday night.
The Stormy Petrels, a Division III team treating the game as an
exhibition, led 26-23 at halftime and opened the second half with a
3-pointer by Alec Pitts.
Cecil scored two baskets in a 6-0 spurt to tie the game at 29
and the Bears went on an 8-3 run to take the lead for good.
After a 3-pointer by Christian Molinet closed the gap to 44-42
with 9:59 to go, Mercer held Oglethorpe scoreless until a layup by
Erik Strong with 2:53 left made it 62-44.
The Stormy Petrels shot 29.3 percent (17 of 58), including 22.6
percent (7 of 31) in the second half. They were 6-for-30 from
Brandon Moore and Mark Hall added 13 points each for the Bears,
who shot 24 of 49 (49 percent).