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Mercer shocks Duke 78-71 in NCAA tourney opener

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  • Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman and players react to a Mercer three-pointer Thursday during the second half against Duke in Raleigh, N.C.

      Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman and players react to a Mercer three-pointer Thursday during the second half against Duke in Raleigh, N.C.
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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.

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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.

Mercer won the Atlantic Sun conference championship. That's the same conference that produced 2013 tournament darling Florida Gulf Coast.

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