MER Mercer Bears 63
Mercer Bears Mercer Overall (4-7)
ATS (4-4)
O/U (3-4-1)
December 18 2018
- SEC Network
FLA Florida Gators 71
Florida Gators Florida Overall (6-4)
ATS (2-6)
O/U (2-6)
Final
Money Line Total: 132½ Spread ATS
12
643 Mercer Bears +900 Under -110 (+16) -110 Cover: 8
2835
644 Florida Gators -1600 Over -110 (-16) -110 OVER: 134
3437
Final
Money Line Total: 132½ Spread ATS
643 MER +900 Under: -110 (+16) -110 Cover: 8
644 FLA -1600 Over: -110 (-16) -110 OVER: 134
Line Movement
Money Line
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Money Line
12/18/2018
10:54 AM
FLA
-1600
MER
+900
12/18/2018
10:45 AM
FLA
-1600
MER
+900
12/18/2018
10:39 AM
FLA
-3900
MER
+1300
12/18/2018
10:36 AM
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-3900
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+1300
12/18/2018
10:36 AM
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-3900
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+1300
12/18/2018
9:03 AM
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-3900
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+1300
12/18/2018
8:39 AM
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-3900
MER
+1300
12/18/2018
8:36 AM
FLA
-3900
MER
+1300
Spread
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Spread
12/18/2018
10:54 AM
FLA(-16)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
10:45 AM
FLA(-16)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
10:39 AM
FLA(-16)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
10:36 AM
FLA(-17.5)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
10:36 AM
FLA(-16.5)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
9:03 AM
FLA(-17.5)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
8:39 AM
FLA(-17.5)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
8:36 AM
FLA(-17.5)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
8:36 AM
FLA(-17.5)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
8:24 AM
FLA(-17.5)
-110
MER
-110
12/17/2018
7:33 PM
FLA(-17.5)
-110
MER
-110
Total
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Total
12/18/2018
10:54 AM
132½
-110
132½
-110
12/18/2018
10:45 AM
131½
-110
131½
-110
12/18/2018
10:39 AM
131½
-110
131½
-110
12/18/2018
10:36 AM
131½
-110
131½
-110
12/18/2018
10:36 AM
131½
-110
131½
-110
12/18/2018
9:03 AM
131½
-110
131½
-110
12/18/2018
8:39 AM
130
-110
130
-110
12/18/2018
8:36 AM
130
-110
130
-110
12/18/2018
8:36 AM
130
-110
130
-110
12/18/2018
8:24 AM
130
-110
130
-110
Recap

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Mike White admittedly wore his guys out during a 10-day break for final exams.

It nearly cost the Gators against Mercer.

Noah Locke scored 18 points, tying his career high, and Florida staved off a late rally to beat the Bears 71-63 on Tuesday night.

The Gators (6-4) were up 16 points with 5:18 remaining before Mercer (4-7) whittled the lead to five on Jaylen Stowe's 3-pointer in the final minute. The Gators managed to close it out from the free-throw line, thanks to Locke and KeVaughn Allen.

"Really poor finish," said White, who blamed "heavy legs" for some of his team's late-game struggles. "We were a step slow to the basketball. Watched the clock the last five minutes, just waiting for it to run out."

Locke made 6 of 13 shots, including 5 of 11 from 3-point range, and was one of three Gators to reach double figures. Allen added 15 points off the bench, and Andrew Nembhard chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and seven assists.

Locke's 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer put Florida up six. He had two more treys early in the second half that helped give the Gators build a double-digit lead. Isaiah Stokes had consecutive points in the paint, including a nifty hook shot, that made it 52-40. Keith Stone followed a few minutes later with a 3 that pushed it to 13.

"Noah, there had to be three or four bright spots and he was the brightest," White said. "He plays as hard as anybody on our team."

The Gators seemed to relax with the big lead, and Mercer made it interesting. Ethan Stair's steal and layup cut Florida's lead to 60-54 with 1:22 to play, making every possession huge down the stretch. The Gators did just enough to escape. Allen made all four free throws in the final 30 seconds, and Locke contributed a big rebound and the final point to seal it.

"It was an ugly win," said Kevarrius Hayes, who had eight points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for Florida. "We weren't very sound defensively."

Ross Cummings led Mercer (4-7) with 18 points on 5-of-19 shooting. Jaylen Stowe added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears, who have lost four in a row and five of six. Marcus Cohen chipped in 10 points.

The Bears outscored Florida 28-22 in the paint, but also got seven shots blocks.

"We've got to find a way to get those layups," Bears coach Bob Hoffman said.

It was Florida's third win in four games and a bounce-back effort following a four-point loss at home to then-No. 10 Michigan State.

The Gators have two more games before beginning Southeastern Conference play, but neither is a gimme. They play Florida Gulf Coast, which has made the NCAA Tournament in three of the last six years, and get a rematch against Butler. The Bulldogs beat the Gators in the Battle for Atlantis tournament last month.

"We've got to be better than that to compete with high-level teams that are on our schedule," White said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Mercer: Despite losing a fourth straight game, the Bears kept it tight and even led late in the first half. Picked to finish fifth in the Southern Conference, Mercer has shown potential with a four-point loss at North Carolina State and then another close one at Florida.

Florida: Jalen Hudson's curious season continues. The fifth-year senior was back in the starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 21, but he missed five of his first six shots — including all three from 3-point range — and was a non-factor down the stretch. After averaging a career-best 15.5 points as a junior, he's getting 5.8 as a senior and appears to lack confidence.

UP NEXT

Mercer returns home to host UNC Wilmington on Friday.

Florida plays Florida Gulf Coast in the Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday in Sunrise.

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Matchup
Mercer Overall
W/L 4-7
ATS 4-4
Pts For 74.8
Pts Against 67.4
Total 3-4-1
Mercer Away
W/L 0-6
ATS 3-3
Pts For 66.2
Pts Against 72.2
Total 2-3-1
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Florida Overall
W/L 6-4
ATS 2-6
Pts For 69.8
Pts Against 61.9
Total 2-6
Florida Home
W/L 5-3
ATS 1-5
Pts For 71.5
Pts Against 60.3
Total 2-4
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Scoring
Mercer
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Ross Cummings (G) 38:005-19 26.3%4-12 33.3%4-4 100%0332023018
Jaylen Stowe (G) 35:004-8 50%1-1 100%4-6 66.7%31101022013
Marcus Cohen (G) 34:005-7 71.4%0-0 0%0-1 0%0120031010
Ethan Stair (G) 24:003-12 25%0-4 0%2-2 100%260200208
Djordje Dimitrijevic (G) 22:002-4 50%2-4 50%0-0 0%020102206
Cory Kilby (F) 24:002-5 40%0-2 0%0-1 0%013001304
Fardaws Aimaq (F) 16:002-2 100%0-0 0%0-1 0%360012204
Victor Baffuto (C) 2:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000010000
Daniel Love (G) 2:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000200
CJ Williamson (G) 2:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000100
DJ Peavy (G) 1:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Maciej Bender (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Breck Cuddy (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Luke Hamilton (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Mitch Prendergast (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Brandon Thomas (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Patrick Urey (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Florida
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Noah Locke (G) 33:006-13 46.2%5-11 45.5%1-3 33.3%1400001018
KeVaughn Allen (G) 31:004-9 44.4%3-6 50%4-4 100%0331020015
Andrew Nembhard (G) 35:002-7 28.6%2-5 40%4-4 100%0471041010
Keith Stone (F) 18:003-6 50%2-4 50%1-2 50%240023409
Kevarrius Hayes (F-C) 33:004-5 80%0-0 0%0-0 0%4111152408
Keyontae Johnson (F) 21:002-6 33.3%0-1 0%1-2 50%052100205
Isaiah Stokes (F) 7:002-3 66.7%0-1 0%0-0 0%010000104
Jalen Hudson (G) 14:001-7 14.3%0-4 0%0-0 0%122000002
Mike Okauru (G) 8:000-1 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%001000000
Deaundrae Ballard (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Dontay Bassett (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Andrew Fava (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Gorjok Gak (C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Chase Johnson (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Mak Krause (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
1st Half
Money Line
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Money Line
Spread
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Spread
12/19/2018
10:17 AM
FLA(-9.5)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
10:54 AM
FLA(-9.5)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
10:51 AM
FLA(-9.5)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
10:39 AM
FLA(-9.5)
-110
MER
-110
12/18/2018
9:03 AM
FLA(-10)
-110
MER
-110
Total
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Total
12/19/2018
10:17 AM
61½
-110
61½
-110
12/18/2018
10:54 AM
61
-110
61
-110
12/18/2018
10:51 AM
60½
-110
60½
-110
12/18/2018
10:39 AM
61
-110
61
-110
12/18/2018
9:03 AM
61
-110
61
-110