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Florida State falls at home to Mercer

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Langston Hall and Travis Smith each sank a pair of free throws in the final 23 seconds Sunday to lift Mercer to a 61-56 upset over Florida State's defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions.

Smith led Mercer, an Atlantic Sun Conference member, with 13 points and Hall finished with 10 points, five assists and five steals. It was the Bears' first win over Florida State since 1954, but their second win in as many seasons over an ACC team.

Mercer (4-4) bounced back from a 76-58 defeat at New Mexico last Wednesday while the Seminoles (4-3) have now dropped two in a row heading into Wednesday's game against archrival Florida.

Hall's jumper with 4:51 left gave Mercer the lead for keeps at 55-53 although the Seminoles were within a point at 57-56 on a Terrance Shannon free throw with 33 seconds remaining. There were 10 ties and 10 lead changes in the game.

Okaro White was the lone Florida State player in double figures, finishing with 14 points to go with a team-best six rebounds. Michael Snaer was held to just seven points and managed only six shots in the game for the Seminoles. Snaer, saddled with early foul trouble, didn't take a shot in the first half.

White's 3-point basket to start the second half gave Florida State a 30-27 lead, but Mercer countered with eight unanswered points to take a 35-30 lead they surrendered just four times during a see-saw second half.

Ian Miller gave Florida State its last lead at 51-50 on a 3-point shot with 5:59 left and added a pair of free throws half a minute later to tie the score at 53.

Mercer shot 37.5 percent (18 of 48) to Florida State's 35.4 percent (17 of 48) in the game. Mercer made 19 of 23 free throws while Florida State (4-3) was just 16 of 26.

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Mercer Bears
J. Gollon, F324-60-05119
B. Thomas, F303-60-07357
D. Coursey, F172-62-33046
L. Hall, G343-84-435110
T. Smith, G322-97-823013
M. Brown132-35-64049
T. Hallice120-20-04150
J. Bryan91-31-21004
C. Smith80-30-01120
K. Canevari60-00-00000
L. Brown40-00-00000
D. Poston21-10-00003
D. Moten10-10-00000
Totals 18-4819-2333142261
 37.5%82.6% 
Florida State Seminoles
O. White, F264-74-660514
K. Turpin, C93-60-23026
T. Whisnant II, G282-40-03105
M. Brandon, G270-51-25511
M. Snaer, G262-63-44137
I. Miller211-42-30225
T. Shannon211-75-75047
D. Bookert142-30-00016
B. Bojanovsky131-11-22113
A. Thomas100-30-01100
M. Ojo51-20-01012
Totals 17-4816-2632112056
 35.4%61.5% 
Southern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wofford0-05-140
ETSU0-03-1108
Mercer0-02-285
VMI0-02-2116
Citadel0-02-3324
Samford0-02-3255
W. Carolina0-02-395
Furman0-01-2241
Chattanooga0-01-3184
UNC-Green.0-01-4313

ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Miami (Fla.)0-06-087
Duke0-05-031
Virginia0-05-024
Louisville0-04-091
N.C. State0-04-046
Georgia Tech0-03-022
N. Carolina0-03-045
Notre Dame0-04-1126
Syracuse0-04-1192
Clemson0-03-2338
Pittsburgh0-03-2141
Wake Forest0-03-297
Va. Tech0-02-2280
Boston College0-02-3121
Florida St.0-02-3132