Mercer men's basketball outlasts Chattanooga on the road

All five starters for Mercer scored in the double-digits in their road win against UTC/(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The Mercer men's basketball team (12-13, 5-7 conference) is proving that it can still be a contender in the Southern Conference tournament at the end of the season. The Bears won their fifth conference game today, taking down the UT-Chattanooga Mocs (9-18, 3-11) on the road, 84-75.

In a game where all five starters posted double-digit scoring efforts, senior Desmond Ringer was the key play-maker on offense. Ringer scored 17 points and added seven rebounds, and made some key plays down the stretch.

"Des (Ringer) was a man today," head coach Bob Hoffman said after the game. "He's really getting on a roll. That tip-in he had late was huge. We're very excited with this win on the road."

It was a season-best shooting day for Mercer, the team hit 65.1 percent of its shots from the field, and hit 11 of 17 shots from 3-point range.

Sophomore Ross Cummings continues to thrive in his starting role, scoring 16 points today and hit four of six shots from behind the arc. Cummings is averaging 17.25 points per game over his last four contests.

Mercer will look for its third straight SoCon win on Monday when the team travels to Birmingham to take on the Samford Bulldogs at 8:00 p.m.

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