So much for the figurative hangover after a big win.
And so much for a happy homecoming.
Mercer took care of both from the start, scorching the home nets and keeping the foot on the gas for an 87-49 win Saturday over Stetson in A-Sun play.
Corey Williams first game in his hometown as Stetsons head coach went downhill after tipoff.
Their team came out and played lights out, said Williams, a Northeast graduate. They played smart, they played tough, they played the entire game.
Williams joked Friday about telling Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman to take it easy on him since there would be family there cheering on Williams and the Hatters.
Both knew that wasnt going to happen, but predicting Mercer (17-5, 8-1 A-Sun) would make eight of its first nine shots and Stetson (6-15, 4-5) wouldnt crack double figures until more than half of the opening 20 minutes passed might have been a stretch.
I would dare say thats one of the best games theyve played thus far this year, Williams said after the Hatters most lopsided loss of the season, topping a 31-point loss at Notre Dame.
As it was, Mercer had 31 points on the board by the time Brian Pegg scored at the 9:37 mark to cut the Mercer lead to 20 and surpass the 10-point mark.
Mercer put on a clinic on shooting, passing and defense with a variety of dunks two days after a big win over Florida Gulf Coast at Hawkins Arena.
Saturdays performance was just as gratifying as Thursdays.
No doubt about it, Hoffman said after Mercers seventh straight win. Most people would not understand that there would be championship-quality teams (that) would have had a hard time to do what these guys did (Saturday).
I think it speaks loudly on the kind of young men we have and their character.
Anthony White Jr. led the way for Mercer with 19 points in 18 minutes while Darious Moten had 15 in 15. Bud Thomas chipped in 13 and Jibri Bryan 12.
Langston Hall had nine assists, five rebounds three steals and no turnovers in 22 minutes. No Mercer player logged more than 22 minutes.
Willie Green led Stetson with 10 points and five rebounds.
Moten had one superb two-minute second-half stretch with two dunks, a 3-pointer and a blocked shot. But the typical Mercer balance was evident again, with 10 players scoring and 11 getting a rebound.
We talked about that a lot of people were curious what Youre going to do, Hoffman said of the turnaround after beating Florida Gulf Coast. I said, I really feel comfortable you guys are going to be ready, and weve gotta do a great job of bringing energy.
The Bears put on a show of energy and marksmanship for the full arena, going from down 4-2 to up 26-4 on Motens dunk with 12:17 left in the half.
Stetson was a point from halving its deficit at halftime, 49-24.
We wanted to see if we could cut it down to 15 at the first timeout, Williams said of the halftime goal. Shoot, Mercer was still riled up and ready to go. That never materialized.
Indeed it didnt.
The second half, they just told us to come out with energy, no letdowns, come out with energy, White said. (Hoffman) challenged us to play better in the second half than we did in the first half. I honestly think we did. Other than the shooting percentage, I still think we played better in the second half than the first half.
The lead peaked at 45 with four minutes left in the game. The Bears had a 39-19 rebound edge and 24 assists -- on 31 made baskets -- to 11 turnovers.
And some of those (turnovers) came late, Hoffman said. Thats the way you win games.