DENVER — Royce O'Neale scored 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists to lead Denver past visiting Mercer on Wednesday night 69-40.
Denver (2-4) led 15-13 with 11:23 to play in the first half after Daniel Coursey hit a layup for the Bears, but the Pioneers struck back, outscoring Mercer 18-6 capped by an O'Neale layin at the buzzer to make it 33-19 at halftime.
The Pioneers, which ended a four-game losing streak with the win over the Bears, outscored Mercer 36-21 in the second half and shot 54.7 percent from the field including seven 3-pointers and had 19 assists as a team.
Chris Udofia scored 14 points, had four rebounds and three assists for Denver while teammate Brett Olson chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds.
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Coursey was the only player in double figures for Mercer (4-5), scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting.