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Mercer shocks Duke 78-71 in NCAA tourney opener

Updated: Friday, March 21 2014, 06:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- 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.


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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Mercer shocks Duke 78-71 in NCAA tourney opener


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