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No. 14 Mercer Upsets 3rd-Seeded Duke in NCAA Opener



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    Mercer forward Jakob Gollon celebrates a basket with Mercer forward Daniel Coursey (52) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Duke, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. Mercer won 78-71.

    Daniel Coursey scored 17 points and Mercer pulled off the biggest upset in the NCAA tournament so far by knocking off Duke 78-71.

    Jakob Gollon added 20 points for the 14th-seeded Bears (27-8).

    The Atlantic Sun champions — the same league that produced 2013 tournament darling Florida Gulf Coast — shot 56 percent.

    The Bears were simply too much for a Duke team with stars Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood.

    Mercer scored 11 straight points during the late 20-5 run that clinched the biggest victory in school history. It's the second one-and-done in three years for the third-seeded Blue Devils.