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Lipscomb (13-18 (8-10ASun))
Mercer University (22-10 (13-5ASun))
2/29/2012 | Macon, Ga. - University Center | Attendance: 2621
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
MACON, Ga. - Character. Pride. Tenaciousness.
But the Bison, who last led in the game at 31-29 with 17:49 on the clock, never could regain the lead.
In the final 32 seconds Mercer was a perfect six-of-six from the free throw line.
Freshman guard Zavion Williams led the Bison in scoring with 17 points. Guard Jacob Arnett, playing in his last game as a Bison, added 11. Forward Malcolm Smith chipped in 10.
Williams finished the season strong after having surgery on both of his knees in December.
"My legs are better," Williams said. "I'm running faster and jumping higher. I'm not as tentative. I'm ready to play basketball like I used to play."
Center Justin Glenn, who also closed out his college career, tied for the game high in rebounds with nine for the Bison.
Williams, one of the freshmen, stressed that the team decided to turn the negatives of the past few weeks into as positive a situation as possible.
"We looked at it as an opportunity to play longer," Williams said. "A lot of us, especially the freshmen, came from little schools where we took most of the shots anyway.
"We didn't look at it as a downside. We had what we had and had to play regardless. No one was going to take it for granted."
Jakob Gollon scored a game-high 19 points for Mercer. Langston Hall and Travis Smith each scored 11. Bud Thomas scored 10 and added nine rebounds.
The Bison finished the season 13-18. They were 5-4 on the road in the A-Sun, the only team in the conference to have a better record away from home. Mercer is 22-10.
"We knew Lipscomb was going to bring everything it had," Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said. "I know they had been through a lot. When you are a coach you feel for other guys going through those circumstances.
"Scott has stood up for what is right. His guys rallied around him and played unbelievable."