FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brett Comer had 15 points and Florida Gulf Coast defeated Mercer 75-61 on Friday night in front of a record crowd of 4,664 fans.
Jamail Jones added 11 points and 13 rebounds for Florida Gulf Coast, which improved to 18-10 overall and 12-3 in the A-Sun to move into a first-place tie with Mercer (21-7, 12-3) in the conference standings. The Eagles also evened the season series after Mercer defeated Florida Gulf Coast 68-55 in the first meeting on Jan. 23 in Macon.
Both teams have three conference games remaining. The team that finishes first in the regular season would have the home-court advantage as long as its alive in the conference tournament. The Eagles have knocked the Bears out of the conference tournament the past two years.
Florida Gulf Coast scored 15 straight points within a four-minute stretch to extend a two-point lead to 57-40 with 5:39 left. The Eagles led by no fewer than 14 from there and made 12-of-18 free throws during the final four minutes.
Chase Fieler had 14 points for Florida Gulf Coast, which outrebounded Mercer 48-29.
Langston Hall had 16 points and Ike Nwamu added 11 points for the Bears. Mercer shot just 34.4 percent from the floor (21-of-61) for its worst shooting game of the season. The Bears 61 points matched their lowest total for the season in a loss to USC Upstate.
Mercer returns to the court Sunday when it faces Stetson, while Florida Gulf Coast hosts Kennesaw State on Sunday. Next week, Mercer hosts North Florida and Jacksonville. Florida Gulf Coast travels to Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky.