Friday, February 5, 2010

Mike Mercer Goes Off

Mike Mercer shot 0 for 4 in the first half. South Florida was playing #8 Georgetown in a hostile environment, and it looked like the higher ranked team would win.

Then came the second half. Mike Mercer went 5 for 5 from the floor and 2 for 2 from the line. Dominique Jones started to score. Georgetown got rattled, didn't execute their Princeton-style offense, and South Florida came away with the upset victory.

It was good to see Mercer perform well. He shocked me by going way up above the rim to slam an alley-oop. I thought that with his two serious knee surgeries, his flying days were over. Mercer does wear a sleeve or some kind of support over one knee, and he doesn't seem to run nearly as fluidly as before, but he can still jump.

The alley-oop play reminded me of the dunk that Mercer had against Gonzaga a few years back.

Mercer finished off his scoring with a reverse slam on a fast break.

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