Senior point guard Langston Hall drilled six 3-pointers and the men’s basketball team held Lipscomb to 24.6 % (14-of-57) shooting from the field in a 79-48 rout of the Bisons at Hawkins Arena on Friday night.
Mercer reached the 20-win mark for the third-straight season, improving to 20-6 overall while staying atop the Atlantic Sun standings with an 11-2 record. Lipscomb dropped its second-straight game and fell to 11-14 (6-8 A-Sun).
The Bears nailed five 3-pointers in the opening 7:23 of the game to break open a 25-9 lead by the second media timeout. Mercer’s long range assault coupled with a stellar defensive effort that saw the hosts limit Lipscomb to just 4-of-28 (14.3%) shooting in the first period.
Mercer’s 27-point halftime lead quickly grew to 31 at the start of the second half as Hall dished assists to senior Daniel Coursey and senior Jakob Gollon for back-to-back dunks in the opening minute of the second half. The game was never in doubt during the period, as the Bears’ lead ranged from as little as 28 to as many as 38 before the final buzzer.
The Orange and Black dominated inside, outscoring the visitors 28-8 in the paint while also winning the rebounding battle 41-31.
Hall’s eighth 20-plus point performance combined with four assists, two steals and a pair of rebounds. Junior forward Darious Moten joined Hall in double figures, netting 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go along with four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Mercer moved to 13-0 at home this season and 43-4 at Hawkins Arena since the start of the 2011-12 season. The Bears have also led by 15 or more in nine of 13 conference games and led by 30 or more in four league games.
The Bears continue A-Sun play on Sunday, playing host to Northern Kentucky at 2 p.m.