Mercer 78, North Florida 75

Brian Mills had a career-high 34 points and Jake Gollon scored

four unanswered points in the final 14 seconds to lift Mercer to a

78-75 win over North Florida on Friday night.

After the Ospreys pulled ahead 75-74 on an Andy Diaz layup with

29 seconds left, Gollon hit a jumper, blocked a shot and made two

free throws with 4 seconds to go.

Parker Smith’s potential tying 3-pointer rattled around the rim

without falling with 1 second left, giving the Bears (13-15, 10-7

Atlantic Sun Conference) their fifth straight win and a split of

the season series.

North Florida (10-18, 7-10), which beat Mercer 74-64 on Jan. 22,

has lost four of five.

Mills, who scored 22 second-half points, made 11 of 22 field

goals while his teammates were a combined 14 of 43. Three Bears

fouled out in the last 5:41.

Brad Haugabrook scored 19 points and Jimmy Williams had 18 to

pace the Ospreys.