NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Bud Thomas scored 31 points, including a program record nine 3-pointers, to lead Mercer to an easy 87-66 win over Lipscomb on Saturday.
Mercer (15-5, 6-1 A-Sun) got 19 points 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 3-point arc.
Lipscomb (7-12, 2-6) was led by Khion Sankey with 19 points and eight boards. J.C. Hampton added 16 points, while Carter Sanderson and Malcolm Smith both had 10. The Bisons shot 34.5 percent.
Mercer made five of its first seven shots and scored the first 12 points of the game. The Bears never trailed as they built a 46-27 lead at the intermission.
Lipscomb scored 39 points after the break but couldnt cut into the lead.
The win sets up a critical home contest Thursday for the Bears. They face Florida Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. at Hawkins Arena in a rematch of last years A-Sun championship game, won by the Eagles in a prelude to the teams run to the NCAA Sweet 16. Mercer and Florida Gulf Coast entered Saturday tied for the conference lead.