Bria Bass came up big for EKU in her return to her home state.

The junior scored five-straight points in overtime on Sunday, helping the Colonels (3-2) rally for a 61-60 win over Mercer in Macon, Ga.

The native of Tucker, Ga., finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The game was tied 49-49 at the end of regulation, but Mercer scored the first five points of overtime.

EKU trailed 58-52 with 2:11 left before putting together a 9-0 run.

De'Ayra Davis hit a pair of free throws and Bass followed with a layup. The Georgia native gave EKU a 59-58 lead with 46 seconds left.

Free throws by Davis and Samari Mowbray helped seal the win.

With the victory, EKU has already surpassed its win total from all of last season.

The Colonels were 2-27 in 2018-19.

Mowbray posted a career-high 19 points and six rebounds. I'Liyah Green posted her first double-double as a Colonel with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

EKU used a quick start in the opening quarter, starting the game on a 10-3 run after the Teri Goodlett three-pointer and forcing a Bears timeout with 5:16 to go in the first. EKU led 15-7 after the first quarter, but Mercer came storming back.

The Bears held EKU to only six points in the second quarter and cut the lead to 21-19 at the half.

EKU answered back though to start the third quarter.

The Colonels pushed their lead to 11, 33-22, with 3:47 remaining in the third period after a layup by Davis. EKU took a 33-26 lead into the fourth quarter.

Mercer scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to take its first lead of the game, 35-33, with 7:46 remaining in regulation. The two teams traded punches the rest of the fourth quarter and Mercer took a 49-47 lead with 24 seconds remaining.

With 11 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, Goodlett drove right into the paint and hit a floater to tie the game.

Mercer shot 27 percent from the field and 14 percent from the three-point line.

EKU starts a three game homestand on Wednesday when Alice Lloyd comes to McBrayer Arena for Kids Day. Tip-off is scheduled for noon.

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