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Mercer defeats SC-Upstate 83-69

Feb 9, 2010 - 3:34 AM MACON, Ga.(AP) -- Jeff Smith scored 22 points to lead Mercer to an 83-69 win over South Carolina-Upstate on Monday night.

Brandon Moore added a career-high 16 points for the Bears (12-12, 8-6 Atlantic Sun Conference), while James Florence finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals.

SC-Upstate used a 10-0 run to jump out to a 37-18 lead with 4:53 remaining in the first half, and led 47-35 at halftime.

The Bears bounced back in the second half, using an 18-0 run to take a 57-51 lead after a 3-pointer from Moore with 11:45 remaining. Mercer would go on to lead for the remainder of the contest, and finished the game with a 7-0 run.

The Spartans (4-19, 4-10) were paced by Ryan LeGates, who scored 14 points. SC-Upstate has lost four of their last five games.