Mercer Bears men's basketball

The Mercer Bears men's basketball team represents Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Southern Conference. They are currently led by head coach Greg Gary and play their home games at Hawkins Arena.

Mercer Bears
2019–20 Mercer Bears men's basketball team
Mercer Bears wordmark.svg
UniversityMercer University
Head coachGreg Gary (1st season)
LocationMacon, Georgia
ArenaHawkins Arena
(Capacity: 3,500)
Student sectionMercer Maniacs
ColorsBlack and Orange[1]
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1972*, 1981, 1985, 2014
*at Division II level
Conference Tournament Champions
SIAA: 1922, 1924, 1925
TAAC/A-Sun: 1981, 1985, 2014
Conference Regular Season Champions
TAAC/A-Sun: 2003, 2013, 2014


Mercer has competed in the NCAA Tournament three times, including 1981 and 1985; the team lost in the first round in both years.[2] The Bears won the 2012 Postseason Tournament, defeating Utah State in the championship game; the victory was the first postseason championship won by a team from the Atlantic Sun Conference.[3]

Mercer's biggest win occurred at the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where they beat third-seed Duke in the second round.


NCAA Division I tournament resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in three NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–3. Their latest appearance was the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Year Round Opponent Result
1981 First Round Arkansas L 67–73
1985 First Round Georgia Tech L 58–65
2014 Second Round
Third Round
W 78–71
L 63–83

NCAA Division II tournament resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in one NCAA Division II Tournament. Their record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1972 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Florida Southern
L 72–78
L 83–85

NIT resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in one National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2013 First Round
Second Round
W 75–67
L 71–90

CBI resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) two times. Their combined record is 2–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2015 First Round
Stony Brook
W 72–70
L 69–71
2018 First Round
Grand Canyon
North Texas
W 78–73
L 67–96

CIT resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in the Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. They are 5–1 and were champions in 2012.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round
Second Round
Tennessee State
Georgia State
Old Dominion
Utah State
W 68–60
W 64–59
W 79–73
W 64–59
W 70–67
2016 First Round Coastal Carolina L 57–65

NAIA Tournament resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in two NAIA Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1948 First Round Hamline L 41–85
1954 First Round Arkansas Tech L 72–100

NIBT resultsEdit

The Bears participated in the 1922 National Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament, the first national championship tournament ever held in intercollegiate basketball. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1922 Semifinals Wabash L 25–62


Retired numbersEdit

Mercer has retired six numbers in program history.[4]

Mercer Bears retired numbers
No. Player Years
4 Scott Emerson 1999–2004
7 Tommy Mixon 1951–1955
13 Glenn Wilkes 1946–1950
21 Langston Hall 2010–2014
24 Eric Chambers 1983–1985
42 Sam Mitchell 1981–1985


  1. ^ "Color - Mercer University Style Guide". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "NCAA Basketball Tournament History: Mercer Bears". Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "Men's Basketball Captures CIT Championship". Mercer University. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "2019–20 Mercer Bears media guide, page 35" (PDF). Retrieved May 10, 2020.

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