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2013–14 Mercer Bears men's basketball team

The 2013–14 Mercer Bears men's basketball team represented Mercer University during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bears, led by sixth year head coach Bob Hoffman, played their home games at Hawkins Arena on the university's Macon, Georgia campus and were members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. They finished the season 27–9, 14–4 in A-Sun play to win the regular season A-Sun championship, shared with Florida Gulf Coast. They defeated Florida Gulf Coast in the championship game of the A-Sun Tournament to be A-Sun Tournament champions and earn the conferences automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, they upset Duke in the second round before losing in the third round to Tennessee.

2013–14 Mercer Bears men's basketball
Mercer Bears wordmark.svg
Atlantic Sun regular season co–champions
and Tournament champions
NCAA Tournament, Third Round
ConferenceAtlantic Sun Conference
2013–14 record27–9 (14–4 A-Sun)
Head coachBob Hoffman (6th season)
Assistant coaches
  • Spencer Wright
  • Doug Esleeck
  • Jake Nelp
Home arenaHawkins Arena
Seasons
2013–14 Atlantic Sun men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Mercer 14 4   .778     27 9   .750
Florida Gulf Coast 14 4   .778     22 13   .629
USC Upstate 11 7   .611     19 15   .559
East Tennessee State 10 8   .556     19 16   .543
Lipscomb 10 8   .556     15 15   .500
North Florida 10 8   .556     16 16   .500
Jacksonville 8 10   .444     12 18   .400
Northern Kentucky* 5 13   .278     9 21   .300
Stetson 5 13   .278     7 24   .226
Kennesaw State 3 15   .167     6 25   .194
2014 Atlantic Sun Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
*Ineligible for postseason play due to Div. I transition

This was their last season as a member of the Atlantic Sun as they joined the Southern Conference in July 2014.

RosterEdit

2013–14 Mercer Bears men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 1 Phillip Leonard 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Tulsa, Oklahoma
G 2 Matt Panaggio 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Daytona Beach, Florida
G 3 Kevin Canevari 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Sr Charlotte, North Carolina
F 5 Bud Thomas 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Highlands Ranch, Colorado
G 10 Ike Nwamu 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Greensboro, North Carolina
G 11 D. J. Brooks 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Simpsonville, South Carolina
G 12 John Mosser 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Cary, North Carolina
F 15 T. J. Hallice 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Weddington, North Carolina
G 15 Anthony White 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Indianapolis, Indiana
F 20 Jakob Gollon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Stevens Point, Wisconsin
G 21 Langston Hall 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Atlanta, Georgia
F 22 Darious Moten 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Bowdon, Georgia
G 25 Lawrence Brown 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Kansas City, Missouri
F 32 James Bento 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Houston, Texas
G 34 Jibri Bryan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Savannah, Georgia
C 45 Monty Brown 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Liberty Mounds, Oklahoma
F 52 Daniel Coursey 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Savannah, Georgia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

ScheduleEdit

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Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
11/08/2013*
8:00 pm, LHN
at Texas L 73–76  0–1
Frank Erwin Center (8,108)
Austin, TX
11/13/2013*
7:00 pm
Reinhardt W 95–53  1–1
Hawkins Arena (1,872)
Macon, GA
11/16/2013*
3:00 pm
Seton Hall W 77–74 2OT 2–1
Hawkins Arena (2,057)
Macon, GA
11/18/2013*
8:00 pm
at Evansville L 76–89  2–2
Ford Center (3,607)
Evansville, IN
11/20/2013*
2:30 pm
vs. Johnson & Wales W 109–56  3–2
Hawkins Arena (1,727)
Macon, GA
11/23/2013*
12:00 pm
Yale W 81–54  4–2
Hawkins Arena (3,500)
Macon, GA
11/26/2013*
7:00 pm
at Ohio L 67–76  4–3
Convocation Center (4,416)
Athens, OH
11/29/2013*
8:00 pm
at Valapraiso W 117–108 3OT 5–3
Athletics–Recreation Center (2,574)
Valparaiso, IN
12/02/2013*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at Oklahoma L 82–96  5–4
Lloyd Noble Center (9,363)
Norman, OK
12/07/2013*
3:00 pm
Denver W 64–63 OT 6–4
Hawkins Arena (1,827)
Macon, GA
12/16/2013*
7:00 pm
Alcorn State W 70–44  7–4
Hawkins Arena (1,723)
Macon, GA
12/22/2013*
4:00 pm, CSS
at Ole Miss W 79–76  8–4
Tad Smith Coliseum (7,794)
Oxford, MS
12/27/2013*
7:00 pm
St. Andrews (NC) W 98–56  9–4
Hawkins Arena (2,117)
Macon, GA
12/30/2013
7:30 pm
at Jacksonville W 86–49  10–4
(1–0)
Swisher Gymnasium (912)
Jacksonville, FL
01/01/2014
7:30 pm
at North Florida L 83–89  10–5
(1–1)
UNF Arena (634)
Jacksonville, FL
01/04/2014
4:30 pm
USC Upstate W 62–60 OT 11–5
(2–1)
Hawkins Arena (3,031)
Macon, GA
01/06/2014
7:00 pm
East Tennessee State W 73–63  12–5
(3–1)
Hawkins Arena (1,537)
Macon, GA
01/10/2014
7:00 pm, CSS
Kennesaw State W 83–46  13–5
(4–1)
Hawkins Arena (3,372)
Macon, GA
01/16/2014
7:00 pm
at Northern Kentucky W 74–58  14–5
(5–1)
The Bank of Kentucky Center (2,782)
Highland Heights, KY
01/18/2014
4:30 pm, ESPN3
at Lipscomb W 87–66  15–5
(6–1)
Allen Arena (1,235)
Nashville, TN
01/23/2014
7:00 pm
Florida Gulf Coast W 68–55  16–5
(7–1)
Hawkins Arena (3,500)
Macon, GA
01/25/2014
3:00 pm
Stetson W 87–49  17–5
(8–1)
Hawkins Arena (3,472)
Macon, GA
01/31/2014
7:00 pm
at East Tennessee State W 90–77  18–5
(9–1)
ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center (3,350)
Johnson City, TN
02/02/2014
2:00 pm, ESPN3
at USC Upstate L 61–80  18–6
(9–2)
Hodge Center (706)
Spartanburg, SC
02/07/2014
7:00 pm, CSS
at Kennesaw State W 75–68  19–6
(10–2)
KSU Convocation Center (3,624)
Kennesaw, GA
02/14/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Lipscomb W 79–48  20–6
(11–2)
Hawkins Arena (1,872)
Macon, GA
02/16/2014
2:00 pm
Northern Kentucky W 89–67  21–6
(12–2)
Hawkins Arena (2,172)
Macon, GA
02/21/2014
6:00 pm, ESPNU
at Florida Gulf Coast L 61–75  21–7
(12–3)
Alico Arena (4,664)
Fort Myers, FL
02/23/2014
1:00 pm
at Stetson W 73–52  22–7
(13–3)
Edmunds Center (1,015)
DeLand, FL
02/27/2014
7:00 pm
North Florida L 76–79 OT 22–8
(13–4)
Hawkins Arena (2,134)
Macon, GA
03/01/2014
1:00 pm
Jacksonville W 69–55  23–8
(14–4)
Hawkins Arena (N/A)
Macon, GA
Atlantic Sun Tournament
03/04/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Jacksonville
Quarterfinals
W 85–64  24–8
Hawkins Arena (N/A)
Macon, GA
03/06/2014
8:30 pm, CSS/ESPN3
USC Upstate
Semifinals
W 78–75 2OT 25–8
Hawkins Arena (2,572)
Macon, GA
03/09/2014
2:00 pm, ESPN2
at Florida Gulf Coast
Championship
W 68–60  26–8
Alico Arena (4,702)
Fort Myers, FL
NCAA Tournament
3/21/2014
12:15 pm, CBS
No. (14 MW) vs. No. 8 (3 MW) Duke
Second round
W 78–71  27–8
PNC Arena (16,988)
Raleigh, NC
3/23/2014
6:10 pm, TNT
No. (14 MW) vs. (11 MW) Tennessee
Third round
L 63–83  27–9
PNC Arena (18,712)
Raleigh, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll, (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed within region MW=Midwest. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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