ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Jalyn McCreary had 11 points in Mercer's 66-41 win over Citadel on Friday night in the opening game of the Southern Conference tournament.
Mercer, the No. 8 seed, advances to face top-seeded Furman in the quarterfinal round Saturday.
McCreary shot 5 of 14 from the field for the Bears (13-18). Michael Zanoni scored 10 points while shooting 3 for 8, including 2 for 6 from beyond the arc. Shannon Grant recorded nine points and was 2 of 3 shooting and 5 of 8 from the free throw line. The victory broke a five-game skid for the Bears.