South Carolina Upstate vs Mercer

Mercer 72, SC-Upstate 64

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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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Scoreboard
South Carolina Upstate (16-17)303464
Mercer (23-10) «343872

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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
 44.4%66.7% 
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
 44.6%88.9% 
Atlantic Sun
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
FGCU0-02-1147
Lipscomb0-03-282
Stetson0-03-2340
S.C. Upstate0-02-3252
N.J. Tech0-01-2253
Jacksonville0-01-3277
Kennesaw St.0-01-3322
No. Florida0-01-6334

Southern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UNC-Green.0-04-149
Mercer0-04-272
Citadel0-03-2134
Wofford0-03-2309
Chattanooga0-02-2218
ETSU0-02-2217
Furman0-02-2138
VMI0-02-2248
Samford0-01-3128
W. Carolina0-01-495