Stetson 79, Mercer 72

Freshman forward Luis Jacobo scored 16 of his career-high 18

points in the first half and Stetson held on for a 79-72 win over

Mercer on Friday night.

Stetson (6-11, 4-3 Atlantic Sun Conference) built a 39-29

halftime lead behind Jacobo, who connected on 7 of 9 shots,

including two 3-pointers. Stetson also got 16 points and 10

rebounds from Ridge Graham and 15 points from Joel Naburgs.

Mercer guards Jeff Smith and Langston Hall combined for 27

points in the second half. Smith twice cut the lead to four points,

making a 3-pointer with 2:26 to play and two free throws with 56.2

seconds remaining.

But Stetson held off Mercer by making 6 of 8 free throws in the

final minute.

Smith finished with 21 points and Hall had 20 for the Bears

(4-13, 1-5), who lost for the sixth time in their last seven

games.

The game was tied at 22 when Stetson pushed its zone defense

farther out on the perimeter after Mercer had hit three consecutive

outside shots, including 3-pointers by Smith and Hall.

The Hatters then went on a 17-4 run led by Jacobo, who provided

nine points, for a 13-point lead at 39-26, while Mercer made just 3

of 14 shots in the last 9:24 of the first half.

Stetson matched its largest lead at 13 points when Corey Walden

hit the second of two free throws for a 61-48 lead with 7:19

left.

Stetson senior center Graeme Radford led a 35-25 rebounding

advantage by pulling down a career-high 10 boards.