Mercer basketball beats Grand Canyon 78-73 in CBI opening round


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Mercer men’s basketball team is moving on in the College Basketball Invitational.

The Bears (19-14) beat Grand Canyon 78-73 in Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday night behind 21 point games from both sophomore Ross Cummings and senior Jordan Strawberry. Senior Demetre Rivers added 13 points and nine rebounds.

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Senior Ria’n Holland played for the first time since February 17 and scored 10 points.

The Antelopes (22-12) were outscored in both halves.

Mercer advances to the CBI quarterfinal round against North Texas. They’ll play Monday.

The Mean Green beat South Dakota 90-77 Wednesday.