Every active Mercer men's basketball player scored and grabbed at least one rebound as the team broke the century mark for the first time in over four years on Wednesday in a 109-56 win over Johnson and Wales at Hawkins Arena. Sophomore Phillip Leonard led the way for the Bears with a season-high 19 points in the win.
Mercer improved to 3-0 at home and 3-2 overall, while Johnson and Wales dropped their second-straight and fell to 3-6.
Leonard shot 6-of-9 from the field while also collecting six rebounds, an assist and a steal in the win. He was joined in double-figure scoring by sophomore Ike Nwamu (13 points), senior Anthony White Jr. (12 points) and sophomore Jibri Bryan (10 points).
All 14 suited players scored at least two points as the Bears registered their highest offensive total since beating Fisk 110-45 on November 18, 2009. Of Mercer's 109 points, 72 came off the bench while 56 were scored in the paint, 24 were earned on second chance opportunities and 20 were scored on the fast break.
The Bears hit 32 free throws, finishing just three short of tying the program record set on November 24, 2007 against Loyola Marymount. The Bears also came up three free throw attempts shy of tying the program record of 46 set in the same game.
Mercer opened the game on an 11-0 run and never trailed en route to the win. The Bears would eventually go ahead by as many as 59 in the second half before closing the books on the evening.
Freshmen James Bento and John Mosser each recorded their first collegiate baskets in the win. Bento finished the night with two points and one rebound while Mosser added two points and two boards.
Mercer continues non-conference action hosting Yale on Saturday at noon. The game is part of the university's annual Homecoming Weekend.