NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Bud Thomas scored 31 points, including a school record nine 3-pointers, to lead Mercer to an easy 87-66 win over Lipscomb on Saturday.
Mercer (15-5, 6-1 Atlantic Sun) got 19 from Anthony White, Jr., while Daniel Coursey had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Jakob Gollon scored nine and gathered 12 boards, and Langston Hall had 10 assists. The Bears shot 56 percent from the floor, including 13 of 25 from beyond the arc.
Mercer made five of its first seven shots and scored the first 12 points of the game. They never trailed as they built a 46-27 lead at the intermission.
Lipscomb scored 39 points after the break, but couldn't cut into the lead.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.