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Mercer holds off South Carolina-Upstate 60-57

Jan 16, 2010 - 3:14 AM SPARTANBURG, S.C.(AP) -- Daniel Emerson scored 17 points and James Florence added 15 as Mercer held off South Carolina-Upstate 60-57 on Friday night, sending the Spartans to their 10th straight loss.

The Bears (9-8, 5-2 Atlantic Sun Conference), who had lost in two previous trips to S.C-Upstate, won their fifth game in a row.

Mercer erased a 12-5 S.C.-Upstate lead with a 15-3 run to pull ahead 20-15. The Spartans (1-15, 1-6) held the Bears to only two points in the final 4:35 of the first half and trailed 32-30 at the break.

After tying the score at 32, the Spartans were limited to a Mezie Uzochukwu 3-pointer during a 10-minute stretch as Mercer built a 48-35 lead.

S.C.-Upstate drew within 50-48 with 4:39 left, but could get no closer.

Mercer outshot S.C.-Upstate from the field 43.8 percent (21-for-48) to 30.4 percent (21-for-69).

Nick Schneiders led the Spartans with 21 points.