NCAA Basketball

Ryan, Jean -Baptiste lead Chattanooga past Mercer, 70-61

MACON, Ga. (AP) Matt Ryan and David Jean-Batiste each scored 17 points and Chattanoga held off Mercer 70-61 to earn its first Southern Conference win of the new season on Saturday night.

The Mocs built a 10-point advantage at halftime, 35-25.

Jean-Baptiste hit 3 of 6 from beyond the arc, dished three assists and collected three steals to lead Chattanooga (10-5, 1-1). Ryan was 2 of 7 from distance while Ramon Vila and Stefan Kenic each contributed 10 points.

Djordje Dimitrijevic, who made a 3-point field goal in each of his last 14 straight games, finished with 22 points for the Bears (6-10, 0-3). Maciej Bender added 14 points.

Chattanooga hosts Furman Wednesday. Mercer travels to Western Carolina Saturday.

Updated January 4, 2020

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