South grad Mercer out for season

Former South Gwinnett standout and South Florida guard Mike Mercer will see his college basketball season end prematurely for the second time because of a knee injury, according to a published report by Tampa Bay Online.

Mercer tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time, last week in a game against Wright State in the San Juan Shootout. He averaged 8.5 points in four games at South Florida, where he became eligible after transferring from Georgia.

The 6-foot-4 junior tore the ACL in his right knee in Feb. 2007 while playing at Georgia. He was dismissed from the Bulldogs in Nov. 2007 by head coach Dennis Felton.

Mercer paired with Louis Williams, now a key member of the Philadelphia 76ers, on South Gwinnett's 2004 state championship basketball team.


No. 6 Wake Forest 83, Radford 61

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jeff Teague scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half, and No. 6 Wake Forest shook off a sluggish start to beat Radford 83-61 on Tuesday night.

Norcross freshman Al-Farouq Aminu added 18 points and 10 rebounds and James Johnson had 12 points and 12 boards for the Demon Deacons (12-0).

They closed the game by outscoring Radford 36-13 over the final 14 minutes and shot nearly 53 percent in the second half to keep alive their best start since 2000-01 and dodge what would have been one of the season's biggest upsets so far.

Artsiom Parakhouski had 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead Radford (4-9), which remained winless against nonconference teams from Division I and fell to 0-15 against Atlantic Coast Conference schools.

Georgia Tech 63, Tennessee State 58

ATLANTA - Zachery Peacock scored a season-high 22 points and Gani Lawal had a career-best 16 rebounds as Georgia Tech overcame 21 turnovers to beat Tennessee State 63-58 on Tuesday night.

Peacock scored 15 of his points in the first half, while Norcross grad Lawal had 15 of his rebounds and all 12 of his points in the second half. Iman Shumpert had nine assists and nine points for the Yellow Jackets (8-4).

Tennessee State (3-9) scored eight straight to take a 39-37 lead 5 minutes into the second half, but the Yellow Jackets outscored the Tigers 17-5 to go ahead 54-44. Lewis Clinch hit a 3-pointer with 6:29 to cap the run.

Gerald Robinson Jr. led Tennessee State with 16 points and five assists and Darius Cox had 10 rebounds. Georgia Tech trailed much of the first half before a 13-5 run late in the period put the Yellow Jackets ahead 33-26 at halftime.


No. 23 Georgia Tech 77, Florida A&M 42

ATLANTA - Jacqua Williams led four Georgia Tech players in double figures with 16 points and the No. 23 Yellow Jackets routed Florida A&M 77-42 on Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

Georgia Tech (11-2) got 13 points from Brigitte Ardossi, 12 from Alex Montgomery and 10 from Deja Foster. Montgomery added 10 rebounds, while Williams had five assists and four steals.

Stephanie Foster scored 18 points to lead the Rattlers (4-6), who trailed by as many as 42 points midway through the second half.

FAMU missed 21 of its first 24 shots and trailed 40-17 at halftime.