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Hot shooting buries NKU men against Mercer

MACON, Ga. (WKRC) -- Mercer jumped out to a 24-8 lead during the first nine minutes of the game Sunday afternoon and coasted to an 89-67 victory over Northern Kentucky in Hawkins Arena.

The Bears (21-6 overall, 12-2 Atlantic Sun Conference) drained six 3-pointers during the opening nine minutes, capped by Jakob Gollon's trey that gave Mercer a 24-8 advantage with 11:28 left in the first half. By halftime, Mercer had buried 11 shots from 3-point range and owned a 52-30 lead.

Langston Hall poured in 16 of his game-high 25 points during the first half, including five of his eight 3-point field goals. Mercer connected on 72 percent of its shots from the field before the break and was 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) from behind the arc.

"Hall is a tremendous player, and Mercer just made everything they shot in the first half," Norse head coach Dave Bezold said. "They have a chance to do something special in the NCAA Tournament, because they have good size and experience."

Anthony White Jr. added 13 points for Mercer, while teammate Bud Thomas scored 11. The Bears finished at 58.8 percent from the field and were 16-for-27 from 3-point range. The 16 treys were the most in Mercer history.

Tyler White scored 16 points to lead Northern Kentucky, which dropped to 8-19 overall, 4-11 in the Atlantic Sun. Daniel Camps added 14 points and a career-high six assists for the Norse, who shot 43.4 percent from the field.

Cole Murray finished with 12 points, and Jordan Jackson scored 11.

Northern Kentucky plays at Lipscomb on Friday night. The Norse return home the following week to conclude the season with games against Stetson (Feb. 27) and Florida Gulf Coast (March 1) in The Bank of Kentucky Center.

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