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South Carolina Upstate vs Mercer

Mercer 72, SC-Upstate 64


MACON, Ga. (AP) - Bud Thomas scored 20 points and Langston Hall added 18 as Mercer defeated South Carolina Upstate 72-64 Friday in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

Travis Smith went 4-of-4 shooting from both the foul line and beyond the arc to finish with 16 points for Mercer (23-10).

Mercer will play in the A-Sun Finals on Saturday afternoon.

Tied 57-all, the Bears used a 6-0 run to separate from the Spartans. Thomas hit a jumper and Daniel Coursey converted two baskets during the stretch to put Mercer ahead 63-57 with 1:39 remaining.

Adrian Rodgers made two free throws with 1:25 left to cut SC Upstate's deficit to 63-59, but Mercer made seven free throws in the final 45 seconds to seal the victory.

Torrey Craig scored 20 for the Spartans (16-17).

Hall became the 35th member of Mercer's 1,000-point club with 1,010.

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South Carolina Upstate Spartans
T. Craig, F307-141-232320
B. Olumuyiwa, F291-20-02312
R. Glenn, F261-50-010342
T. Greene, G395-142-353414
A. Rodgers, G284-72-232211
J. Maxey242-50-03214
M. Blessing133-50-02107
F. Miller111-21-21024
Totals 24-546-930161764
Mercer Bears
D. Coursey, F313-70-07016
B. Thomas, F308-111-163220
J. Gollon, F291-62-24325
T. Smith, G324-54-400216
L. Hall, G306-151-246318
T. Hallice130-10-02300
K. Canevari100-30-01000
C. Smith100-10-00000
A. White Jr.91-50-01003
M. Brown62-20-00114
D. Moten00-00-00000
Totals 25-568-933161172
Atlantic Sun
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
S.C. Upstate11-719-15
No. Florida10-816-16
Northern Kentucky5-139-21
Kennesaw St.3-156-25