Mercer 73, Lipscomb 63

MACON, Ga. -- Brian Mills scored 27 points to lead fifth-seeded Mercer over fourth-seeded Lipscomb 73-63 on Thursday night in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament quarterfinals.

The Bears (15-17), who reached the title game on their home court last year, will play top-seeded Belmont on Friday.

Senior Mark Hall and freshman Bud Thomas added 12 points each for Mercer, which held Lipscomb's Adnan Hodzic in check. Among the conference's all-time leaders in scoring and rebounding, Hodzic was held to just nine points and seven rebounds.

Josh Slater led Lipscomb (17-13) with 18 points. Jordan Burgason added 15 points for the Bisons, who lost in the quarterfinals for the second straight year.

Mercer led by 11 points at halftime and kept its advantage in double figures throughout most of the second half.