Mercer trips Appalachian State in final seconds, 71-70

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Phillip Leonard's layup with five seconds left lifted Mercer to a 71-70 win over Appalachian State at the Challenge in Music City tournament on Friday night.

Leonard scored the Bears final seven points, rallying them from a 67-62 deficit with three minutes to play.

Ronshad Shabazz hit a 3-pointer with :41 left to give the Mountaineers a 70-67 lead, but Leonard, who finished with 23 points, got to the basket twice for layups in the final :15.

Mercer (5-1) bounced back after losing its first game of the season Monday at Davidson, 77-71 by shooting 51 percent from the field against the Mountaineers, converting 25 of 49 field goal attempts.

Frank Eaves equaled his career-high with a 31-point performance for Appalachian State (2-4). Chris Burgess and Tyrell Johnson added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Appalachian State shot 24 of 52 from the field (46.2 percent), including 13 of 29 from distance.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.