MACON, Ga. - Mercer and USC Upstate played the first double-overtime semifinal in Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Championship history as the Bears prevailed, 78-75, in Hawkins Arena.
Mercer won in double overtime Thursday night.
Langston Hall guided the Bears to the A-Sun Championship Final with 21 points, six assists and four rebounds as the 2014 A-Sun Player of the Year will participate in his second-straight conference final along with his teammates. Mercer squares off against FGCU on Sunday, March 9th at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
Torrey Craig led all scorers with 24 points to set the A-Sun Championship single-game record for USC Upstate passing Ricardo Glenn's 22-point effort on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. Glenn, a second-team all-conference nod, posted 17 points with 11 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season.
Mercer's T.J. Hallice was the decisive factor for the Bears as he converted a lay-up followed by a steal on the next possession. Hallice capped his individual with another lay-up to give Mercer a four-point advantage with only 48 seconds to play. A late three-pointer by Craig cut the deficit to one point, but Langston Hall stepped to the charity stripe and converted two free throws for the final tally.
Mercer and FGCU now square off for the sixth time in the past two seasons, which includes last year's meeting in the A-Sun Championship Final where the Eagles claimed a 88-75 decision.
Ty Greene added 13 points off the bench for the Spartans with four assists and five rebounds as the Spartan trio combined for 54 of Upstate's 75 points. Mercer's Hall was joined by Jakob Gollon (17 points) and Anthony White Jr. (12 points) in double figures.