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.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.