Mercer men's basketball take down Yale, 81-54
MACON, Ga. – Senior point guard Langston Hall registered the third double-double of his career and five Mercer men's basketball players reached double figure scoring totals in a 81-54 Homecoming Game victory over Yale on Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Arena.
Mercer moved to 4-2 on the year while Yale dropped to 2-3 overall.
Hall's team-high 15 points paired with 10 assists as he helped engineer a Mercer scoring attack that shot 54.7% (14-of-25) from the field in the win. Hall's 10 helpers tied a career-high and came in conjunction with two rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes of work.
Sophomore Jibri Bryan netted 11 points in only 12 minutes of playing time while sophomore Ike Nwamu, senior Jakob Gollon and senior Bud Thomas each chipped in 10 points.
Mercer got off to a quick start early on, using a pair of three-pointers by Hall to take an 8-3 lead with 17:38 left in the first half. Yale hung around, however, utilizing a 7-2 run capped by a baby hook in the lane by sophomore Justin Sears to make the score 14-11 with 12:43 remaining in the first half.
The Bears continued to capitalize on their long range shooting, using a trifecta from Thomas to increase their lead to 21-13 with 9:59 to go in the first stanza.
Both teams continued to trade baskets as the half was winding down until Thomas got the last laugh, drilling a deep straight-away three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give Mercer a 41-28 lead going into the intermission.
Hall picked up where he left off after a strong first half, scoring Mercer's first five points of the second half to put the Bears up by 17. From that point forward the Bears maintained a sizable lead, never letting the Bulldogs closer than 12 points the rest of the way to secure their second-straight wire-to-wire win.
Thomas added six rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the win. Nwamu grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot, while Gollon collected four boards and tallied one assist.
Mercer returns to action with the first leg of a three-game road trip on Tuesday night at Ohio. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.