William &amp, Mary 57, Mercer 52

Marcus Kitts scored 20 points and William & Mary withstood a

late comeback attempt to defeat Mercer 57-52 on Saturday night.

Kitts also had eight rebounds for the Tribe (2-3), who won their

second game in two nights at the Legends Classic.

William & Mary held a 49-41 lead with 1:06 left, but the

Bears (2-4) cut the margin to 50-46 on Jeff Smith’s layup with 46

seconds left.

Mark Hall’s 3-pointer cut William & Mary’s advantage to

52-49 with 32 seconds to play, but the Tribe’s Quinn McDowell hit

five free throws to seal the victory.

McDowell finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. JohnMark

Ludwick had 11 points and Matt Rum finished with 10 for William

& Mary.

Smith, who was 6 for 9 from the 3-point line, led Mercer with 23

points and Brian Mills had 13.

Mercer shot 36.7 percent from the 3-point line (11 for 30) and

made only eight field goals inside the arc.