November 27, 2015

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.

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