"When Chad's in a zone like that, you just sit back and enjoy the show," Pippen said.
Mercer coach Greg Edwards wasn't enjoying the show at all. Edwards said he was afraid Bartleson might be ready for a breakout game against Mercer (5-8).
"He's awesome," Edwards said. "I've seen some people get in a zone, but none have ever played any better than him. I had noticed in the last few games he was starting to warm up, but I never thought he'd shoot it like that.
"We tried a junk defense, throwing a box and chaser on him, but he just came off of screens and buried it."
Bartleson hit at least one 3-pointer in every quarter, and had five of his eight baskets in the first half when he scored 15 points. But despite his hot shooting, Danville still had just a three-point lead at the break. The Ads were up just 56-50 after three quarters, but outscored Mercer 28-9 in the fourth to pull away.
In that period, Danville dominated the rebounding (15-7) and held Mercer to 3-for-9 shooting after the Scotties had hit 19 of their first 46 shots (41 percent).
"I was not very happy with the effort, as far as blocking out and playing on the defensive side of the ball," Pippen said. "In the fourth quarter, we kept blocking out and the kids accepted the challenge."
"We have got to rebound every possession," Bartleson said. "Second-chance points are what will get teams beat."
Mercer gets into early foul trouble
Mercer was able to hang around despite getting into early foul trouble. The Scotties had two fouls called on them in the first 40 seconds, and both Clif Watkins and Andrew McCloud picked up two fouls in the first quarter.
"Just a few minutes into the game, we had our two best defenders on the bench," Edwards said. "Clif is a major weapon for us offensively as well, and he didn't get much of an opportunity to play."
Danville led by no more than eight points through the first three quarters beforea 20-3 run to open the fourth, including two 3-pointers from Bartleson, pushed the lead to 23 at 76-53.
Mercer never got any closer than 21 the rest of the way.
Danville also had Phillip Dunn (16 points) and Darius Baughman (10 points) in double figures, and Ronnie Hawkins led the Ads with seven rebounds. The Admirals finished 32 of 57 from the floor for 56.1 percent.
Mercer got 16 points and eight rebounds from Kameron McRay. Watkins scored 13 points, 11 in the third quarter, and John Lyons also added 11 points for the Scotties.
There was an altercation on the Danville bench near the end of the game.
Baughman scored with 3:09 to play and was removed from the game shortly thereafter with Danville leading by 21 points. He went to sit beside Spencer Perrin, and words were apparently exchanged. Baughman stood in front of Perrin, who remained seated, wrapped his hands around Perrin, and pushed him backward until Perrin was on the floor.
The two were separated and Perrin entered the game shortly thereafter.
Pippen had no comment on the incident after the game.
MERCER (5-8) - Clif Watkins 13, Michael Bottoms 6, Kameron McRay 16, Jordan Lyons 5, John Lyons 11, Andrew McCloud 2, Daniel Goodpaster 4, John Wickliffe 2.
DANVILLE (5-9) - Chad Bartleson 28, Ben Carter 6, Darius Baughman 10, Phillip Dunn 16, Ronnie Hawkins 6, Steven Grey 7, Eric Caldwell 2, Spencer Perrin 4, Chase Overstreet 5.