- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Mike Brown scored 14 points, including a perfect 4 of 4 from 3-point range, to help Western Carolina sneak by Mercer 58-54 on Thursday night.

After a free throw by Mercer’s Phillip Leonard cut the Western Carolina lead to 49-48 with 3:55 to play, back-to-back 3s by Brown and James Sinclair pushed the Catamounts lead back to seven with 2:06 left.

Mercer trimmed their deficit back to two in the waning moments, but a pair of Sinclair free throws sealed the deal.

Sinclair and Rhett Harrelson finished with 13 points apiece and combined to shoot 7 of 13 from behind the arc for Western Carolina (13-13, 8-6 Southern Conference). Overall the Catamounts hit 11 of their 17 attempts from downtown.

Jibri Bryan scored 12 points for Mercer (14-12, 9-4)

The game was Western Carolina’s first on the road at Mercer since 1999 and just the third all-time.

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