A-Sun: Lipscomb can't keep pace with Mercer, falls in quarterfinals

Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 11:17pm
Staff reports

Jordan Burgason made four 3-pointers and scored 15 points, but Lipscomb University’s season ended Thursday with a 73-63 loss to Mercer in an Atlantic Sun Conference basketball tournament first-round game at Macon, Ga.

The Bisons led 9-6 after a Jacob Arnett 3-pointer 2:26 into the contest, but then surrendered a 10-0 run. They got as close as one, 14-13, but never pulled even or led after that.

Lipscomb (17-14) made eight 3-pointers and committed just nine turnovers, but Mercer made 43 percent of its shots (22 of 51) and had a 39-32 edge in rebounds. The Bears (16-17) also connected on 24 of 27 free throw attempts while the Bisons made just 17 of 27.

Josh Slater, a first-team all-conference selection, finished with 18 points, six rebounds and three steals. Adnan Hodzic, also a first-team all-conference selection, finished with nine points and seven rebounds.

Mercer’s Brian Mills led all scorers with 27 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 on free throws.

Mercer will face Belmont, 5:30 p.m. Friday, in the semifinals.

Belmont 54, Campbell 42: Haley Nelson scored a game-high 16 points and the Lady Bruins set an A-Sun tournament record for fewest points allowed.

Belmont (11-19), the No. 6 seed, held No. 3 Campbell (13-17) to 15-for-66 shooting from the field (22.7 percent) and 2-for-18 on 3-pointers (11.1 percent). Campbell had a decisive 24-8 edge in offensive rebounds but scored just 17 second-chance points to Belmont’s seven.

The Lady Bruins trailed by seven, 20-13, with slightly more than nine minutes to play in the first half but took the lead when Alyssa Visbeen’s layup made it 23-22 with 2:22 remaining before intermission. They led the rest of the way.

Shaunda Strayhorn finished with 13 for Belmont, and Tereva Moore contributed 12 points and three assists with just one point.

Jazmine Cooper (11 points) was Campbell’s leading scorer.

Belmont now faces No. 2 Stetson, 1:30 p.m. Friday in a semifinal contest.