Mercer surprises Tennessee 75-67 in NIT opener - WSMV Channel 4

Mercer surprises Tennessee 75-67 in NIT opener

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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Travis Smith scored 25 points to match his career high Wednesday as Mercer defeated Tennessee 75-67 in the first round of the NIT.

Mercer, the Atlantic Sun regular-season champion, improved to 2-1 this season against Southeastern Conference foes. Mercer lost 58-49 at Georgia on Dec. 18 and won 66-59 at Alabama on Dec. 22. The Bears (24-11) will play at BYU in the second round.

Daniel Coursey scored 15 points and shot 7 of 7 for Mercer. Langston Hall had 16 points and Jakob Gallon added 12.

Tennessee (20-13) lacked energy all night and trailed throughout the second half in front of only 4,468 fans at the 21,678-seat Thompson-Boling Arena.

Trae Golden scored 20 points and Jarnell Stokes had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Tennessee. Jordan McRae, who was averaging a team-high 16 points per game, shot 3 for 14 and scored just seven points.

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