Mercer basketball drops one-possession game at Western Carolina

After dropping its SoCon opener against ETSU, Mercer has fallen to 0-3 in conference play/(Mason Prince, WGXA).

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Poor shooting was the theme for the Mercer Bears tonight on the road at Western Carolina. The Bears lost a heartbreaker on the road, 58-86.

This is Mercer's fourth one-possession loss of the season, the Bears fall to 7-9. More importantly, they fall to 0-3 in Southern Conference play.

"We had some opportunities to take the lead there at the end but we just didn’t finish the plays,' head coach Bob Hoffman said after the agme. "We just have to figure out how we can finish the plays and we haven’t done that yet. It’s frustrating for all of us to be 0-3 in conference play."

Stephon Jelks was one of the few bright spots for the Mercer offense, putting up 16 points with four rebounds and three steals.

Ria'n Holland came into this game as one of the top 3-point shooters in the nation, but failed to connect on any of his seven attempts from beyond the arc. The Bears' leading scorer on the season finished the game with 10 points.

The Bears were second in the SoCon in field goal percentage heading into this game, shooting 48.2 percent from the field. They shot 35.3 percent from the field against Western Carolina.

Mercer's next game will be Saturday at home when Samford comes to play at Hawkins Arena, tip-of at 4:00 p.m.

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