Rice Jr. has 24, Georgia Tech beats Mercer 87-78

ATLANTA (AP) - Sophomore Glen Rice Jr. scored a career-high 24 points and Iman Shumpert added all of his 15 points in the second half to lead Georgia Tech to a come-from-behind 87-78 win over Mercer on Friday.

Freshmen Jason Morris and Kammeon Holsey each added a career-high 13 points for the Yellow Jackets (7-5). Jeff Smith led Mercer (3-10) with 23 points.

The Bears, who have lost seven of eight, also got 16 points from Brian Mills. Tech, which trailed 47-41 at halftime, went ahead to stay at 60-59 on a basket by Shumpert with 9:23 left.

The Yellow Jackets then broke it open with a 9-1 run for a 70-62 lead with 5:10 remaining on a 3-point shot by Rice. Mercer never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

Mercer, which had lost its last two games in the final seconds - 56-53 to Georgia on Dec. 23 and 64-63 to Charlotte on Thursday night - led 47-41 at halftime.

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