MACON, Ga. (School Release) - A festive Homecoming Weekend atmosphere at Hawkins Arena on Saturday was complimented by the Mercer men's basketball team's 65-36 win over Sewanee. Senior Travis Smith led all players with 15 points in the victory.
Mercer's win marked the seventh-straight year the Orange and Black have won their season opener and came in front of a capacity crowd of 3,497 fans. The win also extended Mercer's winning streak to six, dating back to last season.
Smith's 15 points came on the strength of 6-of-10 shooting from the field and marked his fourth-straight game in double-figure scoring. His 15 points came in conjunction with four rebounds and four assists.
All told, 10 Mercer players reached the scoring column in the win. Junior Bud Thomas and sophomore T.J. Hallice each had nine points, while juniors Jakob Gollon and Darious Moten chipped in eight and six points, respectively.
Mercer got on the board 10 seconds into the game as Thomas found Gollon on the baseline for an open layup. Sewanee scored on its first possession to tie matters briefly, but Smith canned a three on the Bears next time down to give the hosts the advantage.
Mercer would hold that lead for the rest of the game, extending the lead to as many as 31 before settling for the 65-36 win.
As a team, the Bears shot 53.2% from the field in comparison with Sewanee's 26.7% field goal percentage. Mercer also held advantages in rebounds (34-25), assists (13-6), steals (8-5) and blocks (6-0).
Hallice's nine points were earned on perfect four-of-four shooting from the field, while Thomas' nine points reflected four-of-six shooting. Hallice also booked five rebounds and a block in 19 minutes of action while Thomas collected four boards, two blocks, two steals and an assist in 23 minutes of work.
Moten's six points marked a career-high for the Bowdon, Georgia native. He also reached a personal-best rebounding total with four caroms in the victory.
With the 2012-13 season now officially underway, the Bears have little time to rest as Oglethorpe invades Macon on Monday night for a 7 p.m. tip.