Raleigh, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Jakob Gollon scored 20 points to lead No. 14 Mercer to a 78-71 upset victory over No. 3 Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday at PNC Arena.
Daniel Coursey added 17 points, Anthony White Jr. had 13 while Langston Hall and Ike Nwamu scored 11 apiece for the Bears, who outscored the Blue Devils, 15-8 in the last two minutes of the game.
“It’s unbelievable what these guys believe about each other and what they accomplished,” Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said after the win.
The Bears, who became the third No. 14 seed to win a round-of-64 game in the past five years, will meet the winner of the University of Massachusetts-Tennessee game in the Round of 32.
Mercer shot 55.6 percent from the floor compared to Duke’s 35.5 percent. However, the Blue Devils stayed close by making 15 of 37 attempts from beyond the arc.
Quinn Cook scored 23 points off the bench on 7-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc, Rasheed Sulaimon added 20 while Jabari Parker had 14 for the Blue Devils, who were ousted in the second round for the second time in three years.
Two years ago, Duke lost to No. 15 seed Lehigh as a No. 2 seed. Last year, the Blue Devils reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Louisville.
Duke grabbed a 63-58 with 4:52 left after Parker converted a three-point play and Tyler Thornton hit three free throws. However, Duke didn’t score again until the final minute.
Coursey countered with a jumper while Anthony White Jr. buried a triple that tied the game at 63 with 2: 30 left in the game.
The Bears made it an 11-0 with Gollon adding two foul shots, Coursey completing a three-point play and Hall adding a foul shot for a 69-63 advantage.