RALEIGH, N.C. – For just the fourth time since 2000, a No. 14 seed has upended a No. 3 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Friday, it was Mercer’s turn, turning back heavily favored Duke, 78-71, behind 20 points from Jakob Gollon and 17 from Daniel Coursey.
Carrying the same conference banner from the Atlantic Sun Conference as last year’s tournament darling, Florida Gulf Coast, the Bears trailed the Blue Devils just 35-34 at halftime. Since trailing 63-58, Mercer outscored Duke 20-8 down the stretch.
Scott Graham and John Thompson called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.
(Mercer takes a 34-33 lead on Jakob Gollon’s 3-pointer. The noise you’re hearing is for the underdog!)
(Jabari Parker scores off an offensive rebound for a 35-34 Duke advantage.)
(Jacob Gollon hits a reverse layin and gets fouled with 7:21 left to play.)
(Parker’s offensive putback is just pure muscle, and gives the Blue Devils a 59-58 lead.)
(Anthony White Jr. hits a tying 3-pointer with 2:33 to play and the noise you’re hearing is from folks in orange!)
(Daniel Coursey’s layup is good, he’s fouled and Mercer takes a four-point lead with 1:07 to go.)
(And that’s your ballgame … the Atlantic Sun rises again!)
(Postgame interview with Mercer’s Langston Hall.)
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