The top seed Bulldogs are moving on to face the Furman Paladins on Nov. 7, but Mercer is watching from home.
Mercer Village was packed Monday night as the men's basketball team hosted an event to kick off the start of their season.
The Furman game was an uphill battle from the get-go.
Next up is an away game against The Citadel, who are third to last in the conference.
The Bears will host Belmont on Saturday to defend their streak.
After three ties in the row, Mercer will look to their next game to get back into the win column.
For a team so accustomed to playing the role of Goliath and falling to David, the change of pace was overdue.
The Hawks open their season at home in State Farm Arena Oct. 21.
Mercer managed to avoid the shutout, but still lost in a tough blowout against VMI.
Mercer now has a 9-8 record so far this season.
Mercer returns home Oct. 16 to take on VMI to extend their 3-0 conference lead.
This win put the Bear’s record at 3-1 and 2-0 in conference play with the team's only loss coming at the hands of Alabama.
The prospect was allowed to live with student-athletes and practice with the team before she was enrolled as a student.
The team’s next matchup is an Oct. 1 showdown on the road against Western Carolina University.
The Bears maintained possession of first place over the course of the first two days of play.
The competition took place at John Hunt Park in Huntsville, Alabama.