Jodd Maxey added 12 points for the Spartans (12-10, 5-4 Atlantic Sun) which held Kennesaw State to 30.9 percent shooting from the field and 1-of-14 from 3-point range.
Willy Kouassi led the way with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Myles Hamilton chipped in 10 points for the Owls (4-19, 1-9) which led Upstate 28-26 at halftime.
The teams tied at 29, 31, 33, 35 and 39 before Upstate began to pull away. The Spartans used a 14-2 run capped by Maxey’s free throws with 5:32 left to take a 52-41 lead.
The Spartans continued to build their margin until taking their biggest lead on the game’s final points — a Glenn dunk with 25 seconds left.
The game was played a day later than planned, with the aftermath of Tuesday’s winter storm preventing Kennesaw State from leaving for the originally scheduled Thursday night tip in Spartanburg, S.C.
Mercer 90, East Tennessee State 77: Bud Thomas scored 28 points, including eight 3-pointers, and Mercer used a strong first half to defeat East Tennessee State.
Mercer (18-5, 9-1 Atlantic Sun) jumped to a 45-31 halftime lead, led by 21 first-half points from Thomas. Leading 30-26 late in the first half, Thomas made five 3-pointers over the last 4:25 of the half.
East Tennessee State (11-11, 4-5) trailed by double digits for most of the second half.
The Bears shot 55 percent from the field, including 14-of-27 from long range. Thomas was 8-of-14 from 3-point range.
Anthony White Jr. scored 13 points and Langston Hall had 12. Jakob Gollon added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Rashawn Rembert led the Buccaneers with 19 points while Jalen Riley had 15. Lester Wilson added 14 and Hunter Harris contributed 12.
Mercer has won eight straight games and remains atop the Atlantic Sun standings.