Mercer, Kennesaw State Continue Peach State Rivalry on CSS

Friday, February 01, 2013

MACON, Ga. - Mercer and Kennesaw State square off in Hawkins Arena, where the Bears have won 10-straight home games dating back to last season, for the A-Sun/CSS Friday night contest at 7 PM.

With a win, the Bears will move into a tie for first place in the A-Sun, while the Owls can secure a season sweep vs. Mercer with a road win after winning the first meeting 83-75 behind Delbert Love's 32 points.

Matt Stewart and Sonny Smith are on the call for the 7:05 p.m. tip. The game can also be seen on ESPN3. Fans can also follow along on Twitter by using the official hashtag of A-Sun Men's Basketball; #ASunMBB.

Kennesaw State (2-19; 1-8) at Mercer (13-9; 6-3) - CSS/ESPN3 - 7 PM
• Kennesaw State won the first contest with Mercer this season with a 83-75 victory in Kennesaw.
• Mercer is riding a 10-game home winning streak, which is tied for the 22nd longest in the nation.
• The Owls shot 51.4 percent from the field against the Bears on Jan. 5th - the second best vs. Mercer this season
• The Bears are averaging 72.5 PPG this season at Hawkins Arena with an average margin of victory of 20 points.
• KSU's Markeith Cummings leads the A-Sun in scoring at 17.7 PPG and has 1,921 career points; most among active players.
• Mercer's Langston Hall is the only active A-Sun player with at least 875 points, 340 assists and 115 steals.
• Cummings ranks ninth all-time in A-Sun history for points and scored 21 in his last meeting with Mercer.
• Mercer's Travis Smith is scoring 17.2 PPG in league play - good for 6th best. In non-conference, he averaged 10.5 PPG; 17th best.
• KSU's Aaron Anderson leads all active A-Sun players with 643 career rebounds. He averages 8.1 RPG.
• At home this season, Mercer is averaging 72.5 PPG and holding opponents to 36.9 percent from the field. Away from Hawkins Arena, the Bears average 57 PPG and allow opponents to shoot 42.0 percent.
• Anderson's 22 career double-doubles is the 10th most in the A-Sun since the 1996-97 season.
• Mercer's Hall and Smith rank second and third in A-Sun for free throw percentage at 87.7 and 87.2 percent.



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