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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Jakob Gollon scored 20 points and Mercer pulled off the biggest upset in the NCAA tournament so far by knocking off Duke 78-71 on Friday in the second round.
The 14th-seeded and senior-laden Bears scored 11 straight points during the late 20-5 run that clinched the biggest victory in school history. It was the second one-and-done in three years for the third-seeded Blue Devils.
Mercer, which came back from five points down in the last 4:52, won the Atlantic Sun conference championship. That’s the same conference that produced 2013 tournament darling Florida Gulf Coast.
Daniel Coursey added 17 points to help the Bears (27-8) overcome a season-high 15 3-pointers from Duke.
Quinn Cook scored 23 points for Duke (26-9) and Rasheed Sulaimon added 20.
Duke went up 63-58 with 4:52 left after freshman Jabari Parker converted a three-point play and Tyler Thornton hit three free throws.
Duke didn’t score again until the final minute. The Bears hit 12 of 14 free throws in the final 2 minutes and finished 23 of 28 from the line.
WICHITA STATE 64, CAL POLY 37
The Shockers (35-0) dominated from the tip-off against the only team with a sub-.500 record in the tournament. With the exception of Early, most of the glaring numbers were on defense. The losers managed 13 points in the first half and shot 21 percent.
Malik Love had nine points for Cal Poly (14-20), which won the Big West tournament as the No. 7 seed and beat Texas Southern in First Four game before being held to a season low for points. Chris Eversley, the Big West tourney MVP and coming off a 19-point game, was held to six points on 2-for-14 shooting.
TENNESSEE 86, MASSACHUSETTS 67
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Jarnell Stokes scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Tennessee.
Jordan McRae added 21 points for the Volunteers (23-12), the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Regional. Tennessee had little trouble with the sixth-seeded Minutemen (24-9), shooting 54 percent from the field and handling UMass’ fullcourt pressure in a surprisingly one-sided performance that included another solid defensive showing.
The Vols are in the NCAAs for the first time in three seasons, starting with a First Four overtime win against Iowa.
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