OXFORD, Miss. -- Mercer point guard Langston Hall hit a 3-point shot with 0.6 seconds remaining as the Bears erased a seven-point deficit in the final six minutes Sunday to defeat Mississippi 79-76.
Mercer (8-4) placed four players in double figures, led by Ike Nwamu with 24 points, and survived a furious Ole Miss rally that wiped out a 16-point second-half lead. Hall scored 17 points, added six assists and four rebounds.
Lawrence Brown and Jakob Gollon added 10 points apiece for Mercer, who led 41-29 at halftime. Ole Miss rallied to take a 67-60 lead with six minutes remaining, setting up the decisive surge by the Bears.
The trading of 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds highlighted a contest filled with momentum switches. Mercer, the defending regular season champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference, held a 52-36 lead with 17:39 left on a 3-point shot by Bud Thomas.
The Rebels answered with a 31-8 blitz over the next 11 minutes. A three-point play on a driving layup by Derrick Millinghaus gave Ole Miss a seemingly insurmountable 67-60 lead with 6:44 remaining.
Nwamu ignited the decisive Mercer rally, scoring 12 consecutive points before fouling out with 21 seconds remaining and the Bears holding a 74-73 lead. Hall hit a pair of free throws to give Mercer a 76-73 edge with 16 seconds left, setting up the Henderson and Hall shots.
Mercer was 26 of 60 from the field, 43.3 percent, including a 9-of-16 performance from Nwamu. The Bears were 6 of 20, 30 percent, from 3-point range, but Hall was 4 of 8. The Bears out rebounded the Rebels 39-35.
Ole Miss was 27 of 61 from the field, 44.3 percent, with Summers hitting 8 of 11. Mercer had the edge at the free-throw line, connecting on 21 of 26, while Ole Miss managed only 15 of 23.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, who missed most of last season with a back injury, says he is returning for another year.