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Mercer vs Florida Gulf Coast

Florida Gulf Coast 60, Mercer 57


FORT MEYERS, Fla. (AP) - Bernard Thompson scored 14 points as Florida Gulf Coast beat Mercer 60-57 Thursday night in Atlantic Sun Conference play.

Chase Fieler added 11 to help Florida Gulf Coast (20-10, 12-5) to its first 20-win season in its Division I history.

Ahead 55-54, Langston Hall made two free throws with 1:05 remaining to push Mercer's lead to 57-54. Mercer missed its final three shots and did not score again.

Thompson made two free throws to make it 57-56, and Eric McKnight made two free throws with 18 seconds left to give Florida Gulf Coast the lead, 58-57.

Christophe Varidel made two foul shots with 3 seconds remaining to push the lead to 60-57.

Though the Eagles shot just 37 percent (10 of 27) in the second half, they outscored the Bears 14-4 on second chance points in the period.

Daniel Coursey and Travis Smith scored 14 for Mercer (20-10, 13-4).

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Mercer Bears
J. Gollon, F181-34-51136
D. Coursey, C305-84-4101214
T. Smith, G325-130-010314
B. Thomas, G300-60-03310
L. Hall, G273-43-32429
T. Hallice191-30-01112
C. Smith111-30-01022
K. Canevari101-10-00112
A. White Jr.101-20-01003
M. Brown71-10-02022
D. Moten61-21-10013
Totals 20-4612-1326111857
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
C. Fieler, F324-40-071311
E. McKnight, F222-33-65017
B. Thompson, G345-154-630114
S. Brown, G331-72-24244
B. Comer, G263-80-03426
E. Murray181-13-32035
D. Graf173-52-31018
C. Varidel101-32-21205
F. Cvjeticanin80-30-01000
Totals 20-4916-223291560
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
W. Carolina9-915-17221

Atlantic Sun
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
No. Florida12-223-12162
S.C. Upstate8-624-12209
N. Kentucky7-713-17264
Kennesaw St.4-1010-22319
Other games
OHST 63 Final
NW 53
UTST 61 Final
LT 84
DUKE 68 Final
UVA 73
GONZ 70 Final
BYU 65
ORST 75 Final
ORE 85