A balanced scoring attack and stingy defense powered the Mercer men's basketball team to a 70-44 win over Alcorn State on Monday evening at Hawkins Arena. The Bears' 19-straight regular season home win pushed the team to 7-4 on the year.
Four of Mercer's starting five reached double figure scoring totals as Anthony White Jr., Langston Hall and Daniel Coursey all recorded 13 points and Jakob Gollon added 11 points. Bud Thomas grabbed 10 rebounds for the second-straight game to go along with six points.
Alcorn State dropped its sixth-straight game at fell to 3-7 overall. The Braves were limited to just 24.2% (15-of-62) field goal shooting and 15% (3-of-20) three-point shooting on the evening.
Mercer's defense was sharp in the early going, holding Alcorn State to just 1-of-9 shooting from the floor in the opening seven minutes while opening up a 15-2 lead. The Braves retaliated with seven unanswered points to get back within six midway through the half, and eventually closed within four (22-18) with 3:05 to go before the half.
A driving layup for Darious Moten and a three pointer for Hall pushed the hosts lead back to nine before Alcorn State scored the final basket of the period to go into the break trailing 27-20.
Mercer came out the break with renewed defensive intensity and held the visitors scoreless on six-straight possessions to fuel a 9-0 charge. From there, the Bears would push the lead to as 32 before the final buzzer.
Hall finished just shy of his second double-double of the year, pairing his 13 points with eight assists. Coursey collected seven rebounds and four blocks, while Gollon added five boards and five assists to his line. White Jr.'s season-high 13 points were earned on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 three-point shooting.
Mercer moved to 5-0 at home this season and has not lost in the regular season at home since the final contest of the 2011-12 season. The team has also won 36 of its last 40 games in the building.
Mercer returns to action at Mississippi on Sunday. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.