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Mercer (19-9 (12-3 ASun))
2/21/2013 | Macon, Ga. - Hawkins Arena | Attendance: 2727
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s basketball team loaded the bus for the final time of the 2012-13 regular season on Wednesday afternoon for the ride to Macon, Ga., to take on Atlantic Sun Conference leader Mercer on Thursday night at 6 p.m.
Thanks to the Bisons upset win of Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday night, Mercer finds themselves in a half-game lead atop the A-Sun standings heading into the final two weeks of action.
A big part of that upset was Lipscomb senior guard Deonte Alexander, who leads the Bisons in scoring and posted a 14-point night against the Eagles. Lipscomb will be without the services of sophomore forward Malcolm Smith, who averages a team second-best 12.5 points per game but was injured in the contest against Stetson.
The Bisons will need redshirt freshman Stephen Hurt, the reigning A-Sun Newcomer of the Week, to help carry the load. Hurt earned his fourth Newcomer of the Week award after notching his eighth double-double, 20 points and 10-rebounds, against FGCU.
Travis Smith leads the way for Mercer with a 13.3 points-per-game scoring average. He is followed closely by Lanston Hall, who averages 10.9 points per game.