Ethan Stair added 17 points with 13 rebounds for the Bears (9-11, 3-4 Southern Conference) and the top-scoring trio combined to go 17-for-18 at the free-throw line, Gary scored 15 points after halftime — a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor including two of his three 3-pointers.
Mercer was 18-for-20 from the foul line, picking up eight more points than the Catamounts (12-6, 4-3) in a game that was nearly statistically equal otherwise,
After starting conference play 4-0, the Catamounts have now dropped three in a row — to Mercer, which they beat 11 days ago, and to SoCon powers Furman and ETSU.
Mercer takes on VMI on the road on Saturday. Western Carolina faces Wofford at home on Saturday.