NCAABB, Belmont Bruins

Belmont edges Mercer 77-73

2/26/10 in NCAABB

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mick Hedgepeth scored 15 points to lead Belmont to a 77-73 victory over Mercer on Thursday night, the Bruins' seventh win in eight games.

Jordan Campbell and Keaton Belcher scored 11 points each and Belmont (18-11, 13-6 Atlantic Sun Conference) shot 53 percent from the field (28-for-52) to sweep the season series from Mercer (14-15, 10-9).

The Bruins led throughout the final 3 minutes, but couldn't pull away.

Belcher's 3-pointer gave Belmont a 70-65 lead with 2 minutes to play, but Jeff Smith's free throw cut the deficit to 71-68 with 30 seconds left.

After Drew Hanlen's two free throws, Mercer's Brian Mills hit a 3 to chop the lead to 73-71 with 15 seconds to remaining. The Bruins hit four free throws to seal it.

Mills scored 15, Daniel Emerson had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Smith had 12, and Brandon Moore and Mark Hall added 11 each for Mercer.

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