JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dallas Moore scored 21 points with four assists as North Florida sustained and early lead to beat Mercer 89-80 on Wednesday night.
The Ospreys mounted a 13-4 run in the game's first five minutes to lead 43-29 at the break. Nesbitt's 3-pointer at 9:20 in the second period extended the North Florida lead to 20, 66-46. From there, the Ospreys -- who led by double digits throughout most of the game -- never had to look back.
The loss snapped a Mercer five-game winning streak.
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Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.
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