Mercer lost for the second time this season to East Tennessee State on Saturday and for the fifth straight time in the series in an 88-71 decision.
Jordan Strawberry led the Bears with 16 points, while Ria’n Holland added 15. Strawberry was 10-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Mercer drops to 12-15 overall and 6-8 in the the Southern Conference. East Tennessee State improves to 20-6 and 10-3.
The Buccaneers shot 53.4 percent from the floor (31-of-58) and held the lead the entire game. Mercer shot 51.1 percent (23-of-45).
T.J. Cromer had 28 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Buccaneers. Devontavius Payne added 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while Desonta Bradford had 11.
Mercer is off until Saturday and a trip to The Citadel, and then the Bears have three more games left in the regular season: Feb. 22 vs. UNC Greensboro, Feb. 25 at Chattanooga and Feb. 27 vs. Samford.