MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Shaddean Aaron scored 29 points and sparked a 14-4 run midway through the second half to lead Mercer to a 89-68 win over North Florida on Thursday night.
The Ospreys (1-14, 0-3 Atlantic Sun Conference) cut the lead to 50-48 on Justin Cecil's jumper with 13:10 remaining in the second half.
But Aaron helped the Bears (7-8, 2-0) claim a 64-52 lead with 7:34 left in the game, hitting 5-of-6 from the free throw line to go along with a slam dunk during the 14-4 spurt. Aaron also had eight rebounds and four blocks.
North Florida made four of its first seven 3-pointers, but missed its next 14 attempts before making two shots from beyond the arc late in the game.