Basketball Excitement Soars as Men Shock No. 18 Southern Cal, Women Start 2-0
The men’s and women’s basketball seasons are under way with great success. The Mercer men traveled to Los Angeles on Saturday and recorded one of the University’s biggest wins ever. The Bears shocked No. 18 Southern Cal, 96-81, in the Galen Center and spoiled the debut of the Trojans’ O.J. Mayo, the top freshman player in the country.
It was only the second time in school history that Mercer had recorded a win over a ranked team. The win received nation-wide coverage with highlights shown on the highly-popular ESPN SportsCenter.
The men’s team will welcome the most high-profile opponent ever to the University Center on Tuesday when the Bears welcome the University of Alabama. Tickets for the game against the Crimson Tide went quickly as students, faculty and staff lined up early to grab a seat for the showdown. A tailgate party for Mercer students will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. adjacent to the UC. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. The game can be watched via live streaming or heard on the audio broadcast on the Mercer Web site at MercerBears.com.
On Friday, some 60 Mercer supporters will fly from Atlanta to Boston with President Underwood to watch the Bears play the Harvard Crimson that night at the Lavietes Pavilion and then the Boston College Eagles on Sunday at the Conte Forum. A pre-game dinner with the President will be held at the Hall of History in the Murr Center, located on the Harvard campus before Friday’s game.
The Mercer women are a perfect 2-0 after opening wins at the UC over South Carolina State and Louisiana-Lafayette. Anticipation had been building since last spring for the women’s program since Janell Jones was named head coach. A two-time NAIA national Coach of the Year, Jones comes to Mercer with an amazing 225-24 career record.
The women’s basketball team will also travel to the northeast this month. After trips to Florida and Mississippi, the Bears will face the University of Columbia Lions at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Levien Gym in New York City.
For ticket information on upcoming basketball games at the UC, go to mercerbears.com.