Mercer Bears Coach Bob Hoffman and the Mercer Bears bench react to a play during their first-round upset of Duke. (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Mercer pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament thus far, knocking off Duke 78-71.

The Blue Devils lived by the three — making 15 shots from beyond the arc — and eventually died by the three, hoisting 37 attempts while making just seven two-point field goals. Mercer, meantime, shot 55.6 percent from the field behind 20 points by Jakob Gollon. Duke had no answer inside for the play of Gollon and fellow post player Daniel Coursey (17 points). Mercer is the only team in the nation that starts five seniors.


The common question entering Friday’s game was “Where is Mercer?” Now, the team from Macon, Georgia that boasts alum such as Nancy Grace and former NBA player Sam Mitchell have become the first Cinderella candidate of this year’s version of March Madness

Perhaps the lone highlight for Duke came in the first half, when former DeMatha player Quinn Cook had everybody buzzing with this ankle-breaking crossover.


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