JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Mercer men's basketball team set a program single-game record by shooting 68.9% (31-of-45) from the field while dispatching Jacksonville 86-49 in its Atlantic Sun Conference opener on Monday night at Swisher Gymnasium.
Mercer won its first league game for the third-straight season and improved to 10-4 overall while Jacksonville fell to 4-8 (0-1 A-Sun).
Mercer became just the 11th Division I team to record a shooting percentage of 68.9% or better this season and shot an eye-popping 18-of-20 (90%) from the floor in the second half. The Bears were 5-of-5 from three-point range in the second half and 10-of-16 (62.5%) beyond the arc for the game.
Senior point guard Langston Hall tied a career-high with 25 points in the win while senior Anthony White Jr. (15 points) and senior Daniel Coursey (12 points) joined him in double figure scoring.
Jacksonville led 12-11 midway through the first half before Hall got hot, nailing three treys in less than three minutes to help Mercer go ahead 24-16.
Later in the stanza, Mercer was up 29-21 when the Dolphins began an 8-2 charge to get within two. With momentum shifting, Hall came up with a key steal in the backcourt and got it to White Jr. on the fast break. After being fouled, White Jr.'s free throws started a 10-0 Mercer run that saw the visitors take a 41-29 to the break.
The Bears executed flawlessly in the second half, hitting their first 14 field goals while racing out to a 36-point lead midway through the period. Mercer would ultimately go ahead by as many as 39 before settling on the 86-49 win.
Hall scored his 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 aim from three-point range. The Atlanta native also added six assists, three rebounds and three steals in the win.
White Jr. scored his 15 on 5-of-7 shooting while also tallying four rebounds and three assists. Corusey added seven rebounds and four blocks in 21 minutes of work.
Mercer eyes a 2-0 start in A-Sun play on Wednesday, challenging North Florida. Game time at UNF Arena is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.