Tuesday offered a chance for Mercer basketball fans to get to see both of their teams on one night, a showcase for two teams that had solid starts to the season.
Things didn’t go as planned.
The Mercer women lost by 20 points (76-56) to Kennesaw State, two days after winning at Alabama. The Mercer men lost by 16 (67-51) to Dartmouth, suffering the program’s first home non-conference loss since 2011.
“We’re going to see our mistakes and dissect them and make sure we don’t repeat them,” junior Ike Nwamu said after the men’s team’s loss. “We just have to keep working and play better. It’s always disappointing to lose at home. We’re just going to stay with the program and do whatever the coaches say and go back and get better and learn from this.”
Both teams get a chance to bounce back Friday night in another doubleheader at Hawkins Arena.
Susie Gardner’s women’s team starts things off at 5 p.m. against former A-Sun rival Belmont. Mercer has moved to the Southern Conference this year, while Belmont moved to the Ohio Valley Conference a few years ago.
The Bears are 6-4, while the Bruins are 2-8 and take a three-game losing streak into the game.
The night wraps up with the Mercer men (5-5) hosting Bethune-Cookman (3-8).
“Every day we have to work on our game, work on our individual game, work on our team game and figure out what’s the best combination,” Mercer men’s head coach Bob Hoffman said Tuesday night. “We’re still trying to figure out who can come in and help us in certain situations. We haven’t found that out yet, I have to find that somehow.
“We just have to go back and find out what we can do better and become a better team.”