Mercer shocks Duke 78-71 in NCAA tourney opener

Mercer shocks Duke 78-71 in NCAA tourney opener

Mercer Bears guard Kevin Canevari (3), forward Jakob Gollon (20) and guard Ike Nwamu (10) celebrates after beating the Duke Blue Devils in a men's college basketball game during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

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Posted on March 21, 2014 at 1:44 PM

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- 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.

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