Royce O'Neal led the Pioneers with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting to help snap a four-game losing streak. Denver shot 54% from the field on the night en route to the team's highest point total of the season.
It was a perfect storm for the Pioneers, who forced the Bears into 18 turnovers and 36% shooting from the field with a strong defensive effort. Mercer's 40 points was a season low for any Denver opponent this season. Daniel Coursey, who scored 11 points, was the only Mercer player in double figures.
Denver will take several days off, getting back in action on Dec. 15 when hosting Nebraska-Omaha.