Cummings carries Mercer over Samford 89-82 in 2OT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Ross Cummings had a season-high 25 points as Mercer beat Samford 89-82 in double overtime on Monday night in a game that featured a pair of last-second heroics before the Bears broke away in the last 90 seconds.

Samford’s Jacob Tryon hit a fade away jumper as time ran out at the end of regulation, tying the game at 59. Neftali Alvarez made three free throws with 1.6 second left in the first overtime to tie the game at 72.

Cummings hit 6 of 9 3-pointers, the last tying the game at 80 with 1:34 left in the second overtime. Samford missed three straight shots and had a turnover, allowing Mercer to make 5 of 6 free throws to go with a James Glisson dunk to take control.

Alvarez had 15 points, six assists and five steals for Mercer (11-7, 4-6 Southern Conference). Leon Ayers III added 15 points. Jeff Gary had 14 points and six steals.

The Bears forced a season-high 27 turnovers.

Jaron Rillie had 18 points for the Bulldogs (6-9, 2-6). Preston Parks added 17 points. Jalen Dupree had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

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