MACON, Ga. (School Release)- Junior center Monty Brown scored a career-high 14 points to lead four Mercer players in double-figure scoring as the men's basketball team downed Furman 73-46 on Sunday evening at Hawkins Arena.
Mercer's third-straight home win kept the Bears unbeaten in Hawkins Arena and pushed the team's overall record to 3-3 while Furman dipped to 2-3 on the year.
Junior Jakob Gollon added 11 points in the win while junior Daniel Coursey and senior Travis Smith each chipped in 10 points of their own. The game marked the first time this season the Bears have placed four players in double-digit scoring.
Brown's 14 points were earned on the strength of four-of-six shooting from the field and six-of-eight free throw shooting. His efforts helped Mercer finish the contest with a 30-10 edge in paint scoring. The Bears also outpaced the Paladins in points off turnovers (28-5), second-chance scoring (14-10), fast break points (7-0), and bench scoring (31-12).
Junior Langston Hall was fantastic in his season debut, returning from injury with eight points, seven assists, two steals and two rebounds in 21 minutes of work.
After each team scored on its opening possession, Hall provided a lift for the Bears as he canned his first three-point attempt of the year to put the hosts in front, 5-3, just 51 seconds into play.
Mercer stayed on top following Hall's bucket and eventually pushed its lead to six at the 15:20 juncture on a pull-up jumper by Smith. The Orange and Black retained a two or three possession lead for the next seven minutes before an old-fashioned three-point play by Furman freshman Kendrec Ferrara brought the Paladins within three, at 22-19, with 7:35 to go in the period.
Mercer finished the stanza strong, however, as Smith was fouled in the corner on the team's final possession and sank all three of his of his free throws to send the Bears into the locker room with a 35-27 lead.
The Bears carried that momentum into the start of the second half, using a 12-1 charge at the outset of the period to go on top 47-28 with 17:04 to play. From there, Hoffman kept his foot on the gas and his team used an 11-2 run midway through the period to push its lead to a game-high 34 with 6:09 left in regulation. From there, the Bears held at least a 26-point advantage en route to the win.
Mercer returns to action at New Mexico on November 28 in the start of a three-game road stretch. The Bears and Lobos tip that contest at 9 p.m. EST.