TALLAHASSEE — Mercer never blinked, pushing back one Florida State run after another to upset the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions Sunday.
Langston Hall and Travis Smith hit two free throws each in the final 23 seconds to lift the Bears to a 61-56 upset over the Seminoles.
"We played a lot of guys and we've got to get production from all of them to win a game like this with a game on the line," Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said. "We've got a group of veteran kids who believe what they can do together at a high level."
Smith led Mercer (4-4), an Atlantic Sun member, with 13 points, and Hall had 10 points, five assists and five steals. It was the Bears' first win over FSU since 1954 but their second in as many seasons over an ACC team. They defeated Georgia Tech last season.
The Seminoles (4-3) have lost two in a row heading into Wednesday's game against seventh-ranked Florida. Coach Leonard Hamilton took much longer than usual before coming to the media room afterward but didn't discuss what he said to his team, which has one full-time starter, Michael Snaer, back from last year's ACC titlists.
He praised Mercer, which won 27 a year ago and returned many of its players.
"To their credit, they did what experienced teams do," Hamilton said. "They did a very good job … maintaining their poise, didn't panic."
Former Clearwater High standout Okaro White was the lone FSU player in double figures, finishing with 14 points and a team-best six rebounds.