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Mercer Holds Off Furman, 66-62

Le'Jzae Davidson
Le'Jzae Davidson

MACON, GA. -- Keke Calloway scored 18 points, tallied eight assists, and sank a pair of free throws with 19 seconds remaining in the game to help Mercer fend off a Furman second half comeback and claim a 66-62 win in Southern Conference women's basketball action at Hawkins Arena.

The win improves Mercer, the SoCon regular season champion, to 21-7 and 13-0 in league play, while Furman falls to 16-12 overall and 8-5 in conference action.  Despite the loss the Paladins maintained their hold on second place in the SoCon standings following Thursday losses by both Chattanooga and Wofford.  Head coach Jackie Carson's squad will wrap up the regular season on Saturday in a 5:00 p.m. ET contest at Samford.

Furman, which trailed by 17 points in the second quarter, scored the final seven points of the third quarter and opened the fourth period with a Celena Taborn layup to complete a 9-0 run that sliced Mercer's lead to 43-39.

The Paladins stayed within striking distance and fashioned a 6-0 spurt on three Taylor Petty free throws and a Le'Jzae Davidson 3-pointer with 4:24 to tie the game at 49-49 with 4:24 remaining.

With the scored tied at 51-51, the Bears' Rachel Selph converted a 3-point play and a lane jumper to give Mercer and 56-51 lead.

Jarya Outten got the Paladins to within 60-58 on a layup with 23 seconds on the clock, but Calloway was fouled on the ensuing possession and drained a pair of free throws to push the advantage to 62-58.

Davidson poured in a game high 26 points.  Taborn followed with 11, all of which came in the second half, and Petty finished with 10.

Selph had 20 points to lead Mercer, followed by Calloway's 18.  Amanda Thompson had 10 points and game high 11 rebounds for the Bears.

Mercer shot 49.0 percent from the field, draining 25-of-51 shots.  Furman, meanwhile, bottomed 20-of-52 shots (38.5 percent) and stayed close by converting 18-of-19 free throws.