Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Recaps

Fort Myers, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Chase Fieler scored 17 points as the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles coasted to a 77-55 win over the Stetson Hatters in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament at Alico Arena.

Bernard Thompson added 16 points for the Eagles (21-11), while Eric McKnight netted 15 points. Jamail Jones had 10 points and Bret Comer contributed nine points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

B.J. Glasford paced Stetson (7-24) with 13 points. Hunter Miller chipped in 12 points and Willie Green finished with 10 points.

FGCU connected on 53.6 percent of its field goal attempts, including a 5-of-11 clip from 3-point range in the opening period. The Hatters went into the intermission trailing, 41-21, after they were limited to 28.1 percent efficiency from the floor in the first half.

Fieler made all four of his shots from the floor to produce 11 points in the second half. The Eagles converted 13-of-18 attempts at the free-throw line after the break to keep Stetson at bay.

FGCU enjoyed a 41-30 edge in the rebounding battle in the contest. The Eagles will play East Tennessee State on Thursday with a berth in the title game at stake.

Final Score: Mercer 85, Jacksonville 64

Macon, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony White, Jr. poured in a career-high 29 points, as the second-seeded Mercer Bears made easy work of the seventh-seeded Jacksonville Dolphins, 85-64, in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament at Hawkins Arena.

White, Jr. shot 11-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc for Mercer (24-8), which will host third-seeded USC Upstate in the semifinals on Thursday. Bud Thomas tallied 18 points and nine rebounds, Jakob Gollon netted 10 points and Langston Hall handed out 10 assists.

Vince Martin had 17 points, Jarvis Haywood poured in 15 and Keith McDougald scored 10 as Jacksonville's (12-18) season came to a close.

Although Mercer was outshot from the field in the first half, 47.8 percent to 46.7 percent, it still carried a 37-28 lead into intermission by draining 6- of-9 from 3-point range and forcing nine Jacksonville turnovers.

The Bears' advantage was never in question down the stretch, as their lead swelled to as many as 27 in the second half.

Mercer won the rebounding battle, 36-30, and outscored Jacksonville in the paint, 39-16.

Final Score: USC Upstate 80, North Florida 74

Spartanburg, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Ricardo Glenn tallied 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the third-seeded USC Upstate Spartans over the sixth- seeded North Florida Ospreys, 80-74, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament at the Hodge Center.

Ty Greene came off the bench to net 14 points for USC Upstate (19-13), which will hit the road to take on No. 2 seed Mercer in Thursday's semifinals. Fred Miller and Jodd Maxey added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

For UNF (16-16), Chris Davenport tallied a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds, Dallas Moore had 13 points, Travis Wallace scored 12 and Beau Beech brought down 10 boards.

USC Upstate took a 38-30 lead into halftime after shooting 51.9 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, while UNF lagged behind at just 37.5 percent.

The Spartans opened up an advantage as large as 15 in the second half, which proved to be too much for the Ospreys to overcome.

USC Upstate outscored the Ospreys at the foul line, 23-14, and scored 22 points off of 18 UNF turnovers.

Final Score: East Tennessee State 89, Lipscomb 88 (2OT)

Johnson City, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - A.J. Merriweather drained a free-throw attempt with two seconds remaining in the second overtime period to lift the East Tennessee State Buccaneers to an 89-88 victory over the Lipscomb Bisons in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament at the MSHA Athletic Center.

Merriweather's go-ahead free-throw conversion was just his third point of the contest. Jalen Riley paced the Buccaneers (18-14) with 28 points, which he accompanied with 10 boards. Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard also registered a double- double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Lester Wilson had 13 points and Hunter Harris added 11 points for ETSU.

Malcolm Smith paced Lipscomb (15-15) with 24 points and a game-high 12 boards. Josh Williams nearly recorded a double-double as he tallied 20 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks. Martin Smith and J.C. Hampton scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, on a combined 7-of-36 shooting from the field.

The Bisons took a narrow, 31-29 lead into the intermission despite being held to 31.4 percent efficiency from the floor and converting just 5-of-11 attempts at the charity stripe in the opening period. ETSU's halftime deficit came in large part due to its 10 turnovers before the break.

Lipscomb hit on only 6-of-23 attempts from behind the 3-point line in the second stanza. The Buccaneers also struggled offensively after the intermission as they were limited to 37.9 percent efficiency from the floor. ETSU trailed, 58-42, with 8:45 remaining in regulation, but it went on a 22-4 run to take a 64-62 lead by the 2:52 mark of the period. Martin Smith connected on a 3-pointer with 20 seconds showing on the game clock to give the Bisons a 69-68 lead, but Riley made a free throw on ETSU's next possession to even the score. Martin Smith missed a 3-point try just before the buzzer which sent the contest into overtime.

The Bisons never led in the first extra session, but they managed to force another overtime session as Khion Sankey made a 3-pointer with 17 seconds on the clock to tie the score at 80. Rashawn Rembert missed a potential game- winner from beyond the arc as time expired in the first overtime period.

Sankey hit another clutch 3-pointer in the second overtime period to put the Bisons ahead, 88-86, with 32 seconds showing on the clock. Wilson drew a foul on the other end and converted both free throws to even the score and Merriweather was fouled by Williams after rebounding a missed layup by Hampton. After Merriweather's go-ahead free throw, Sankey missed a last second 3-point attempt.

ETSU will play Florida Gulf Coast in the semifinals on Thursday.

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