Mercer 70, Jacksonville 68

Brian Mills scored 24 points and Mercer overcame a 10-point

halftime deficit to beat Jacksonville 70-68 in overtime Thursday


Mercer (6-13, 3-5 Atlantic Sun Conference) also got 19 points

from Jeff Smith as the Bears won their second in a row – both

coming on big second-half rallies.

The Dolphins (11-6, 5-3) scored only two points in the first

eight minutes of the second half to give Mercer life. After leading

43-33 at the break, Jacksonville mustered only 19 points in the

remainder of regulation.

The Dolphins began overtime with a dunk by Glenn Powell, who led

the team with 16 points. But that was Jacksonville’s last lead.

Mark Hall answered with a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 run and the

Bears stayed in front.

Jacksonville had one last chance to tie after Mills made a free

throw with 1.2 seconds left, but Tevin Galvin’s 5-foot jumper