Men’s Basketball Breaks Record in 89-67 win over Northern Kentucky
MACON, Ga. – Senior guard Bud Thomas scored his 1,000th career point and the Mercer men's basketball team set a program single-game record with 16 made 3-pointers in an 89-67 victory over Northern Kentucky on Sunday at Hawkins Arena.
Mercer (21-6, 12-2 A-Sun) won its third-straight game and preserved an unbeaten 14-0 record at home this year while Northern Kentucky lost is seventh-straight and fell to 8-19 (4-11 A-Sun).
Thomas reached the milestone at the 2:09 mark of the first half, fittingly by burying a 3-pointer on the wing. His triple was just one of 11 made by the Bears in the first half on 16 total attempts.
Senior guard Langston Hall hit five 3's himself in the first period on his way to tying a personal single-game scoring record with 25 points. The Atlanta native paired his 25 points with eight assists and four rebounds while only surrendering one turnover.
Senior Anthony White Jr. got in on the act as well, nailing both of his 3-point shots while booking 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. Senior Jakob Gollon, senior Kevin Canevari and sophomore Ike Nwamu also made 3's on Sunday.
For the game, Mercer shot 16-of-27 from beyond the arc while registering a 58.8% (30-of-51) field goal percentage. The effort marked the 11th time this season that the Orange and Black have shot 50% of better from the field.
The previous single-game record for 3-pointers made was 15, most recently done against USC Upstate during the 2008-09 season.
Mercer blitzed Northern Kentucky out of the gate as Hall and White Jr. each swished two treys in the opening 4:29 of play while opening up a 15-2 advantage. The Norse battled back to get within seven of the lead before Mercer employed an extended 19-6 run to go ahead by 20 (34-14) with 7:27 to go in the period.
After taking a 22-point lead into halftime, the Bears and Norse played to an even 37-37 score in the final 20 minutes. Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman went deep into his bench during the second half as 12 different players played three or more minutes in the stanza.
With four games to play, the Bears are one win short of tying the program regular season record for wins. The Bears will go for their 22nd win of the year on Thursday at Florida Gulf Coast.