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.
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