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Bears usher in new den with win

January 27, 2004

(Macon-AP) -- The Mercer Bears inaugurated a new arena tonight with a 73-55 upset of Atlantic Sun Conference rival Georgia State, ending the Panthers' seven-game winning streak.

Delmar Wilson scored 18 points to lead Mercer (8-12, 5-6 A-Sun) before 2850 fans in the new University Center Arena.

 Georgia State (13-5, 8-3) lost for just the second time in the past 10 games, shooting just 35%  (23-of-65) and 17% from 3-point range.

The Bears also used 23-32 free throws to advantage as Panthers starters Nate Williams and Herman Favors fouled out.

Georgia State shot just 5-10 from the charity stripe.

Mercer led just 32-31 at halftime and 40-39 with 15:10 to play but turned the one-point lead into an eight-point lead as Williams exited with a fourth foul at 12:17.

Georgia State battled back to 50-44 with six minutes left when Mercer ran off 11 unanswered points.

 The Panthers did not have a player in double figures. Trello Galloway and Lamont McIntosh scored nine and Williams had eight in 20 minutes on the court.

James Odoms added 14 points for Mercer.

posted at 10:25pm by roberth@walb.com

 

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