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Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023

Men's basketball goes 3-2 in the last five games

Shawn Walker Jr. (#25) goes for a layup in the game against Kennesaw State University. Walker had 16 points and two rebounds in the game, but the Bears fell 66-63.
Shawn Walker Jr. (#25) goes for a layup in the game against Kennesaw State University. Walker had 16 points and two rebounds in the game, but the Bears fell 66-63.

The Mercer men's basketball team now rests at a 5-5 overall standing after a week of back and forth wins and losses.

The Bears traveled to Savannah, Georgia on Nov. 25 where they participated in the Hostilo Hoops Community Classic.

The Bears opened up the tournament with a 72-66 win against Robert Morris University. Kamar Robertson led the team with 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks. As a team, the Bears went 42% from the field, 50% from behind the arc and 82% from the free throw line. By not allowing any lead changes, the Bears were able to stay consistent throughout the game and maintained control. 

The team kept the momentum rolling on Saturday when they beat Fairfield University 60-58. David Craig completed his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Shawn Walker Jr. led the team with the most points with 16, 14 from the field and two from the free throw line. 

The winning run was cut short on Sunday when the Bears fell to Towson University 70-60. It was a close game and the Bears were only down by one going into the half. It was not until the last five minutes of the game when Towson put serious space on the scoreboard and were up by 10 points. After getting down so late in the game, the Bears were not able to recover and took their first loss of the weekend. 

The Bears returned home on Friday to take on Kennesaw State University and after a hard fought game, and they lost 66-63.

Luis Hurtado earned another double-double in the match up with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Bears managed to stay ahead of the Owls on the scoreboard throughout the first period until they went on a scoring run, and the Bears were down by 10 points at the half. Mercer was able to catch up to the Owls by the end of the second period, but they were not able to pull out the win. 

The Bears took on Middle Georgia State University on Tuesday and won 100-62. Michael Zanoni led the team with 17 points and four rebounds and Davis Craig followed close behind with 13 points and three rebounds. The Bears went 60% from the field and 40% from behind the arc.

The team now stands at a 5-5 overall record and will travel to Fort Meyers, Florida to play Florida Gulf Coast University on Saturday.


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