JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Langston Hall tied a career-high with 25 points and dished out six assists as Mercer beat Jacksonville 86-49 Monday night.
Trailing by one about seven minutes into the game, Hall scored his first points of the game when he knocked down the first of a trio a 3-point baskets in a 2:23 stretch to open up a 22-16 lead. Jacksonville (4-8, 0-1 Atlantic Sun) would never lead again as closed the first half by scoring 10 straight points, including another 3 by Hall, to take a 41-29 advantage into the break.
Mercer (10-4, 1-0) opened the second half with a 33-9 run to put the game out of reach.
The Bears shot 68.9 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from 3-point range, both season highs.
Javon Dawson paced Jacksonville, which shot 27.1 percent and made just 1 of 17 (5.9 percent), with 13 points.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.