Four players scored in double figures as Mercer held off a late rally to beat USC Upstate 79-71 in A-Sun womens basketball Thursday at Hawkins Arena.
Senior Sharnea Boykin recorded her 600th career assist on a first-half jumper by Kendra Grant. Boykin is the sixth player in A-Sun history to reach 600 assists, and shes third all-time at Mercer.
Grant, Boykin and Kate Alemann will be honored in senior day ceremonies before Saturday home finale against East Tennessee State.
The Bears (13-12, 6-8) evened the season series with Upstate and ended a three-game losing streak, while the Spartans fell to 12-12 and 7-6.
Mercer led at halftime and then trailed midway through the second half before embarking on a 21-4 run for the games first double-digit margin.
The Bears were up 68-53 with three minutes left, but the Spartans pulled within seven five different times in the game slowed by 42 foul calls.
Grant led all scorers with 17 points, while Alemann added 16 points. Briana Williams and Boykin chipped in 13 points apiece. Precious Bridges had a season-high seven assists, while Teanna Robinson added nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks in the victory.
Trio leads Wesleyan to victory
Wesleyan avenged a one-point loss with a 61-57 win on Thursday over Toccoa Falls.
With starting point guard Kellie Bacon unable to make the trip, Alyssa Whitford got her second start and had a season-high 13 points.
Jasmine Davis picked up her third double-double of the season, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Myra Patrick, who has been battling a recent injury, came off the bench to score 11 points and gather five rebounds in only 15 minutes of action.