MACON, Ga. (AP) Travis Smith scored 18 points, Daniel Coursey added 17 and Langston Hall had a double-double as Mercer pulled away from East Tennessee State for a 78-59 win Thursday night in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
Smith had 13 points in the second half and Coursey 15 for the Bears (11-8, 4-2), who are off to their best home start (7-0) since 1973-74.
Hall finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Bud Thomas added 11 points for Mercer.
The Buccaneers, who defeated Florida Gulf Coast 85-75 Saturday after overcoming a 19-point second-half deficit, trailed the Bears by 11 with 4 seconds to go until intermission and could get no closer after the break.
Mercer was 19 of 23 from the free-throw line, compared to 5 of 17 for East Tennessee State.
Jarvis Jones, who scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, led the Buccaneers (4-14, 2-3).
Facing third and fourth downs nearing the red zone at Arrowhead at six minutes left in the first quarter, Lamar Jackson scrambled twice to advance the men in purple, eventually setting up Mark Ingram's shotgun rush up the middle to put Baltimore on the board. However, Jackson's scramble has enraptured Twitter, and the people need some answers.
A particular television angle on the CBS broadcast showed TE Mark Andrews throwing his hands up to show Jackson that he's open to catch, with Jackson copying his moves shortly after.
Before this mirror image, Jackson and Andrews had one complete pass for five yards to the KC 16 yard line, followed by an incomplete catch.
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Are you a Nationals fan, a pizza lover, and still a tad bitter that Bryce Harper left the nation's capital for a mega-contract with the Phillies?
Well, you're in luck.
Philadelphia heads to Washington for a rare five-game series (Tuesday's doubleheader is a makeup game) on Monday, and barring a miracle, the final time the Phillies will face the Nationals in 2019.
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After every strikeout, fans will have exactly three minutes to text '#UROUT' to #200-03 in order to receive a promotional code. In return, each customer will be sent a code that will allow them to purchase a $3 pizza through online ordering or the mobile app. The full terms of the sweepstakes can be found here.
In his first season with the Phillies, Harper has had mixed results against his former club. In 48 at-bats, the 26-year-old has 12 hits (.250 average), two home runs and eight RBIs.
But as far as team success, the Nationals have had the last laugh in the first year in the post-Harper era. Entering Sunday, with nine games remaining, the Nationals currently hold the top slot in the NL wild card race.
Things have not gone as well for the Phillies, who entered Sunday five games back of the second wild card spot with just nine games to go.
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