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Duke suffers a surprise knockout at the hands of Mercer

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Duke suffers a surprise knockout at the hands of Mercer Duke suffers a surprise knockout at the hands of Mercer
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Continuing the trend of upsets in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the 14th seed Mercer Bears, the 8,300 student school from Macon, Georgia shocked the sports world on Friday knocking off the No. 3 seed Duke Blue Devils 78-71.

Mercer came back from five points down in the final five minutes of the game to send Duke home. Jakob Gollon scored 20 points and Daniel Coursey scored 17 to help the Bears overcome a season high 15 three-pointers for Duke. 

Mercer qualified for it's first NCAA Tournament since 1985 by winning the Atlantic Sun conference championship over Florida Gulf Coast. A year earlier, Mercer lost that game and watched Florida Gulf Coast advance all the way to the Sweet 16.

"When they were going on their run, we were sitting at home thinking, 'Man, that could have been us,'" Anthony White Jr. said. 

Mercer scored 11 straight points during a 20-5 run late in the game that clinched the biggest victory in school history and gave Duke their second first-game exit in three years. 

Quin Cook scored 23 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 20 points of his own for Duke in the loss. 

 

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