Stetson freshmen Tyshawn Patterson (Orlando, Fla.) and Ridge Graham (Stuart, Fla.) added 10 and nine points respectively to the visitors' totals.
Mercer opened up the game building a 13-5 advantage and then Stetson scored the next two baskets on a layup by Graham and a break away dunk by Smith to get the Hatters to within four points at 14:28. Mercer answered with a 20-6 run and led by 16 at 2:23. The final seven points of the period came on a 3-pointer by Smith, and then a pair of free throws and a layup by Patterson with four seconds on the clock to cut the differential to nine points.
Mercer came out of the locker room on fire and shot 63.3% in the second half to keep the Hatters down. After hitting a respectable 42.3% in the first half, Stetson went cold and could manage just 26.5% in the second.
In the game Jeff Smith led the offensive charge for the Bears with 25 points after shooting an impressive 8-of-11 from the field, 7-for-8 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the line. Daniel Emerson added 18 points and led all players with 12 rebounds.
Next up for Stetson is a trip across Georgia to take on Kennesaw State Monday at 7:30 p.m. Stetson fell 75-59 to the Owls last week in DeLand. Monday's game can be seen on A-Sun TV at www.atlanticsun.org.