Jibri Bryan’s HS team honors him with shooting shirts

The Mercer basketball team was devastated last week when they heard the news of star point guard Jibri Bryan being killed in a shooting near the campus. Bryan’s high school team was also pretty devastated, so they decided to honor him in a pretty cool way. Benedictine Military School out of Savannah, Georgia participated in the region basketball tournament Wednesday night. When...
Via Campus Sports Net
February 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Mercer beats The Citadel 88-72 while mourning teammate

MACON, Ga. (AP) Andrew Fishler recorded a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Mercer over The Citadel 88-72 on Saturday. It was the first game Mercer has played since the passing of Jibri Bryan, a sixth-year senior and graduate student, on Tuesday. Bryan was shot and killed in Macon, Georgia, while sitting in a car in the parking lot of a gas station. Two men have been...
Via AP on Fox
February 06, 2016  |  Discuss

For Mercer, healing, mourning after Bryan's death begins one way: Together

Bob Hoffman, the 58-year-old head coach of the Mercer Bears, was standing inside his home in Macon, Ga., on Wednesday evening, getting ready to attend a vigil at his team’s home arena.At that moment, Hoffman’s house looked as if he’d just adopted more than a dozen 18- to 22-year-old young men. Cups were strewn everywhere. Shoes and clothes, too. It had been 24 hours since one...
Via Fox Sports
February 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Mercer basketball mourns the death of Jibri Bryan

The Mercer Bears are mourning the death of a star basketball player after guard Jibri Bryan was killed Tuesday night in a drive-by shooting. It was a terrible tragedy that many have been saddened by the last 18 hours. Mercer mourns the loss of student-athlete Jibri Bryan. #BearStrong — Mercer Basketball (@MercerMBB) February 3, 2016 Bryan was a redshirt...
Via Campus Sports Net
February 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Mercer basketball player Jibri Bryan shot dead in car outside Macon

Mercer University basketball player Jibri Bryan was shot in the head and killed on Tuesday. The Macon Telegraph reports the 23-year-old was found in the driver’s seat of a Chevy Monte Carlo, after being shot at 4 p.m. in a busy corner of College Street in the parking lot of a downtown convenience store in Macon, Georgia. Another man, possibly the gunman’s accomplice, was critically...
Via The Comeback
February 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Cops: Mercer senior guard Jibri Bryan shot dead while sitting in car

Jibri Bryan, a senior guard on the Mercer men's basketball team, was shot dead while sitting in a car, according to police.Police say a man approached Bryan, had words with him and shot him in the head.More details to come.
Via Fox Sports
February 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Mercer dominates NAIA's Allen 96-70

MACON, Ga. (AP) Phillip Leonard and Jestin Lewis scored 17 points apiece as Mercer opened the season with a 96-70 win over NAIA's Allen on Friday night. Leonard also had seven assists and seven rebounds and Lewis had five assists. Ethan Stair and Lawrence Brown chipped in 10 points each for the Bears. Mercer made just 1 of 13 3-point attempts but hit 33 of 61 (54.1%) from the...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mercer grants leading scorer Ike Nwamu release

Following the 2014-15 college basketball season, the Mercer Bears’ leading scorer, Ike Nwamu, asked to be released from his scholarship. According to Jeff Borzello of, Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman has granted that release. “He has gotten his release, and he has had some schools that have shown interest,” Hoffman said, via the Macon Telegraph. “He’s a fifth...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Mercer tops VMI 80-71 to go to 3-0 to start SoCon

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) Phillip Leonard and Darious Moten combined to score 42 points as Mercer won its third straight game to open the Southern Conference season on an 80-71 win over VMI Monday night. The last time Mercer started the conference season 3-0 was 2002-03. Leonard finished with 21 points, converting 9 of 11 from the free throw line. Moten had 21 and was 10 of 15 from the...
Via AP on Fox
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Mercer’s Ike Nwamu throws down a monster one-handed alley-oop

Mercer (6-5) routed Bethune-Cookman on Friday night and Ike Nwamu gave us a WOW moment with this monster dunk…. Yet another #SCtop10 candidate from Mercer high-flyer Ike Nwamu! #BeLikeIke — Mercer Basketball (@MercerMBB) December 20, 2014
Via The Student Section
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercer defeats Piedmont 88-48

MACON, Ga. (AP) Ike Nwamu had 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting to lead Mercer to an 88-48 win over Piedmont to open the season on Friday night. Phillip Leonard had 10 points, five rebounds and seven assists on 5-of-8 shooting, T.J. Hallice finished with seven points and eight rebounds and Jordan Strawberry added 11 points off the bench for Mercer. Nine of Strawberry's points came...
Via AP on Fox
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Mercer guard pull off madness of a dunk

The Mercer Bears gave us one of the highlight moments of the last college basketball season, upsetting Duke in the NCAA tournament, beating the No. 3 seed Blue Devils as a No. 14 seed. Now, thanks to springy junior guard Ike Nwamu, Mercer has provided a highlight as the nation's teams kicked off the beginning of official practices with various "madness" events on Friday night. In...
Via Fox Sports
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercer fan made her Tennessee fan husband sleep in tent

Prior to the Tennessee Volunteers continuing their unlikely march into the Sweet 16, the story of the Midwest Region was the Mercer Bears, thanks to their upset of Duke in the first round. One fan particulary was so jazzed up about the victory, that she banned her husband from the home. Her husband is a […]Continue reading...
Via The Victory Formation
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Hits: Tennessee muscles past Mercer to reach Sweet 16

RALEIGH, N.C. -- As No. 11-seed Tennessee dispatched of No. 14-seed Mercer 83-63, the college basketball universe, in a way, went back to the way it was supposed to be. The Cinderella team, after all, is allowed to win one game -- maybe two -- but ruining brackets and potential matchups down the road in the NCAA Tournament is generally frowned upon. Tennessee is a more traditional...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercer May Be Done Dancing But Kevin Canevari's Moves Live On!

The Mercer Bears were on the verge of gaining true Cinderella status. Beating the odds and taking down Duke was certainly a good start, but to really be called a 'Cinderella' team I think they needed to win a second game and beat Tennessee.Sadly, that didn't happen, but they will go down in history as one of the few No. 14 seeds to move on past the first round. That doesn't mean...
Via FatManWriting
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercer’s Kevin Canevari has an Incredible Pre-game Dance Routine

Mercer’s Kevin Canevari, the same guy who stole the internet’s heart after doing the ‘NaeNae’ dance after beating Duke,  has quite an impressive pre-game routine is his bag of dance tricks. Unfortunately after Tennessee’s 20 point throttling of Mercer in the round of 32, there will be no more pre-game dances for the senior guard. We’ll always have the last three days...
Via Diehardsport
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Canevari’s pregame dance routine is mesmerizing (Video)

Mercer senior guard Kevin Canevari already showed us how he gets down when he busted out an incredible “Nae Nae” dance after the team’s upset win over Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But did you know that Canevari also has a pregame dance routine to get his teammates pumped up? TNT […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Mercer Fan Has “That NaeNae Though” Sign Paying Tribute To Bears’ Post-Game Celebration

Mercer’s win over Duke is probably the biggest upset of this NCAA Tournament, although it gets harder and harder to tell with each passing game. The Bears celebrated the game with a particularly inspired #NaeNae session on the court after the game.  One Mercer fan has taken it upon herself to pay tribute to the dance that has swept the sports world this year…and she wants to...
Via College Spun
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

March Madness: Mercer vs Tennessee Preview

Coming off the most improbable win of the tournament so far the Mercer Bears now will take on the Tennessee Volunteers tonight at 6:10 on TNT. North Carolina born Kevin Canevari stole the show after the game with his version of the “nae nae” (which is the one of the best I’ve seen so far). A senior back-up point guard that averages 1.8 assist and 1.6 points per game may be...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercer not buying Cinderella label, and neither is Tennessee

RALEIGH, N.C. -- When Mercer knocked off Duke, everyone immediately claimed the 14th-seeded Bears as the new Cinderella of the NCAA tournament. But Mercer doesn't see itself that way -- even as it tries to become just the third No. 14 to advance to the Sweet 16 (joining Cleveland State in 1986 and Chattanooga in 1997). "Every time there's an upset in March, people tend to call it...
Via Fox Sports South
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Duke commit Jahlil Okafor with one-handed poster slam

While everyone currently attending Duke was mourning their stunning loss in the NCAA Tournament to the Mercer Bears, a future Duke Blue Devil was making headlines of his own. #1 player in the country Jahlil Okafor, a 6’11″ center out of Whitney Young High School in Chicago had a ridiculous one-handed poster dunk that should […]
Via Full Scale Sports
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Brown likely out for Mercer in NCAA 3rd round

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Mercer likely won't have senior center Monty Brown for Sunday's NCAA tournament game against Tennessee due to a possible concussion.
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercer Coach Bob Hoffman Gives Amazing Postgame Interview after Beating Duke

The fourteen seed in the Midwest bracket of the NCAA Tournament Mercer beat Duke on Friday afternoon, becoming the first real upset of March Madness. After the game, the Bears’ head coach, Bob Hoffman gave an amazing interview with Rachel Nichols saying, “praise the lord, WOOOO!” Mercer has quickly become this year’s Florida Gulf Coast, and what’s not to love about this...
Via Diehardsport
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Roddy White Bets With Fan: Season Tickets If Duke Loses To Mercer

Photo Credit: @DHoyt77/Twitter A few days ago, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White had a bet with a fan regarding the tournament game between #3 ranked Duke against #14 Mercer. @DHoyt77 if mercer beat duke I will give you season tickets 50 yard line first row — Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 18, 2014 It wasn’t a bad bet by Roddy White considering Duke was the major...
Via Blog Surface
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

'A Surreal Feeling': 14-seed Mercer stuns Duke

RALEIGH, N.C. -- According to Ken Pomeroy, 14-seed Mercer is the fifth-most experienced team in the country. Those are always some of the sexier upset picks when filling out NCAA Tournament brackets -- after all, experienced teams are often facing more talented (but younger) opponents. And certainly, no one thought a third-seeded Duke team (26-9) with NBA-level talent on its roster...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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