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Hundreds of Mercer Students Travel to Auburn for Bears’ Mauling of Tigers

November 20, 2008

Mark Vanderhoek
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Mercer students get pumped up before the bus trip to watch the Bears victory over Auburn.
Mercer students get pumped up before the bus trip to watch the Bears victory over Auburn.

MACON — Mercer students donned their orange and black Wednesday and took to the road to watch the men’s basketball team’s game at Auburn.  The game, coming between the Bears upset victory over Alabama on Nov. 16 and the Homecoming Game on Saturday against Georgia Tech, drew a lot of interest from students.

Wednesday night it drew celebration. The team, and the students, came back to Mercer in the middle of the night victorious, 2-0 against the great powers of Alabama basketball and 3-0 overall. The Bears beat the Tigers, 78-74, and celebrated with the students who traveled to support the team at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

Mercer’s Student Government Association sponsored a bus to take students to the game against the Tigers, while a number of students packed into cars to travel to the game.

“One of the main goals of Mercer and of SGA is to increase school spirit - to allow students the opportunity to show they bleed orange and black,” said SGA Vice President Kasey Robinson. “SGA is passionate about this goal and getting a larger number of students to support their school and their teams.”

Mercer’s cheerleaders also made the trip to cheer on the Bears from the stands.
“As a cheerleader for Mercer, it’s not often that we get to go and support the team from the stands,” said Lindsey Wilkens, a senior. “I am excited because there is a good chance of us winning, especially after beating Alabama. It is a real burst of school spirit!”

Sophomore Matt Baker, waiting in line for the bus, was even more confident, saying: “We’re going to go and beat Auburn and come back home and beat Tech!”