Mar 21, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Mercer Bears forward T.J. Hallice (14) and Duke Blue Devils guard Rasheed Sulaimon (14) scramble for a loose ball in the second half of a men

NCAA Tournament 2014: Mercer stuns Duke in Midwest Region 78-71


In what is undoubtedly the shocker of the NCAA Tournament thus far in 2014, the Mercer Bears showed up with their best brand of basketball in their Second Round contest against the third-seeded Duke Blue Devils in the Midwest Region, and in turn they were able to pull off the huge upset on Friday, 78-71.

This is the third time in the last few seasons that Coach K and the Blue Devils were stunned by a 14-seed or higher, and this was just the latest in that chapter.

With four and a half minutes to go, the Blue Devils were up by five, but the scrappy Bears then went on an 11-0 run to finish off the monumental upset by controlling the ball, drawing the fouls they needed to, and most importantly, hitting their foul shots down the stretch.

Jakob Gollon led the way for Mercer in the win, finishing up with 20 points and five rebounds, while Daniel Coursey added in 17 points with four rebounds.

With the win, the Bears will now await the winner of the game between Tennessee and UMass which will be played later today.

 

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