Monday, January 19, 2015

Mercer (Game #20)

Game Day: Thursday 
Date: January 22, 2015 
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Ramsey Center (7,826), Cullowhee, NC 
Radio: Catamount Sports Network 
TV / Video: SoCon Digital Network

On Thursday, Mercer travels to Cullowhee this Thursday for the very first meeting on the basketball court since the Bears joined the SoCon.  

All time, the Cats are 3-4 against the Bears, since their first meeting in 1978. The two teams split the two previous games played in Cullowhee. Currently, Mercer holds a two game win streak against Western, with the last meeting back in 2010.

The Bears bring a 11-9 overall record to Cullowhee, and are 6-1 in the conference, good enough for first place in the conference standings.  The Bears have wins over UNCG, the Citadel, Furman, Samford and twice over VMI, with a lone, single point loss to ETSU.  However, the Bears have three tough games in a row, this one against the Cats, then Chattanooga, and Wofford.  

The Bears are averaging 68 points per game (6th place in the SoCon), hitting 45% from the floor, 71% from the free throw line and 37% from three point range.  Mercer is only giving up 63 point per game (2d place in the SoCon). The Bears have 2 players averaging in double figures, Ike Nwamu leads the scoring with 16.3 ppg, followed by Darious Moten with 10.4 ppg, 

Mercer Probable Starters
Junior point guard, Phillip Leonard, 6'2" 200 lbs - 8.4 ppg
Junior guard, Ike Nwamu, 6'5" 205 lbs - 16 ppg
Junior guard, Jibri Bryan, 6'4" 185 lbs - 7.6 ppg
Senior forward, Darious Moten, 6'6" 215 lbs - 10.4 ppg
Senior forward, J.T. Halica, 6'10" 220 lbs - 8.9 ppg

Chart Courtesy Daily Catamount

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