JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Travis Smith scored 16 points and Mercer tied a season-high with 12 3-pointers in a 71-54 win over East Tennessee State on Saturday.
The teams exchanged baskets early on before Mercer broke open a 4-3 game with a 22-7 run. The Bears capped the run with four straight 3s -- two each by Gollon and Kevin Canevari -- and took a 27-13 advantage into intermission.
ETSU (13-14, 7-8) used an 18-3 second-half run to cut the deficit to 41-38 but the Bears answered the run with 10 straight points.
Mercer, which also defeated ETSU 78-59 on Jan. 17, made 12 of 25 shots from deep, with Smith and Hall accounting for eight.
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