Mercy Mercer! Down goes Duke in NCAA stunner


RALEIGH, N.C. - Jakob Gollon scored 20 points and Daniel Coursey added 17, as Mercer pulled off a stunning 78-71 upset of Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Bears closed the contest on a 20-8 run to become the second straight Atlantic Sun team to provide an NCAA surprise. Last year, it was Florida Gulf Coast that knocked off second-seeded Georgetown on the way to the Sweet 16.

Duke, which finished the season ranked eighth in the country, lost its NCAA Tournament opener for the second time in three years. In 2012 as a No. 2 seed, the Blue Devils were beaten by Lehigh.

Duke held a 63-58 lead with just under five minutes remaining after Tyler Thornton drained three free throws, but Mercer was undeterred and began its rally by scoring the next 11 points.

Coursey’s bucket pulled the Bears within three and Duke followed with a pair of empty trips — including a missed three — before Anthony White Jr.’s trey tied it with 2:43 left. Jabari Parker missed a three for Duke and the Bears moved in front with 1:54 to play when Gollon converted both ends of a 1-and-1.

Rodney Hood was called for traveling on Duke’s next possession and the Bears extended the margin when Langston Hall threaded a perfect pass to Coursey, who converted a three-point play to make it 68-63 with 1:07 remaining.

Stanford 58,

New Mexico 53

ST. LOUIS — Chasson Randle poured in a team-high 23 points to lead Stanford to a 58-53 win over New Mexico in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic added 10 points apiece, with Brown adding seven boards for the Cardinal (22-12), who will face Kansas in the third round on Sunday. Cameron Bairstow scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Lobos (27-7), who didn’t make it past their opening game of the tournament for the second straight season. New Mexico was upset by then-14th seeded Harvard last year.

Arizona 68,

Weber State 59

SAN DIEGO —Weber State stormed out of the gate, but Arizona quickly ratcheted up its defense before holding off the pesky Big Sky champs.

Aaron Gordon had 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for Arizona.

Nick Johnson netted 18 points, while Kaleb Tarczewski tallied 10 points and five blocks for the top-seeded Wildcats (31-4), who will play Gonzaga in the third round on Sunday.

Tennessee 86, Massachusetts 67

RALEIGH, N.C. — Jarnell Stokes had a career-high 26 points, Jordan McRae scored 21 and Tennessee posted an 86-67 victory over Massachusetts in second-round action of the NCAA Tournament.

Baylor 74, Nebraska 60

SAN ANTONIO — Cory Jefferson had 16 points and the sixth-seeded Baylor Bears cruised past the 11th-seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers, 74-60, in a battle between former Big 12 foes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Nebraska coach Tim Miles was ejected after getting whistled for two technical fouls in the second half.

Creighton 76, Louisiana-Lafayette 66

SAN ANTONIO — Doug McDermott had 30 points on 13-of-23 shooting and the third-seeded Creighton Bluejays held off the 14th-seeded Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, 76-66, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

McDermott, the nation’s leading scorer, also pulled down 12 rebounds for the Bluejays (27-7), who are making their 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Austin Chatman and Ethan Wragge added 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Kansas 80, Eastern Kentucky 69

ST. LOUIS — Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 19 points to lead Kansas to an 80-69 win over Eastern Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jamari Traylor added 17 points and 14 rebounds and Perry Ellis added 14 points with 13 boards for the Jayhawks (24-9), who will face Stanford in the third round on Sunday. Kansas was again without star big man Joel Embiid, who has been sidelined since early March with a back injury.

Bruins 76, Hurricanes 59

SAN DIEGO — Jordan Adams scored 21 points with eight rebounds and fourth-seeded UCLA pulled away late to take a 76-59 win over 13th-seeded Tulsa in second-round South Region play on Friday.

Norman Powell gave 15 points and Tony Parker gave 11 points and six rebounds for the Bruins (27-8), who defeated Arizona in the Pac-12 Conference Championship and are appearing in their 46th NCAA Tournament.

UCLA will take on Stephen F. Austin, which upset VCU in overtime earlier on Friday, in the round of 32 on Sunday.

D’Andre Wright had 18 points and James Woodard gave 11 points with nine rebounds for the Golden Hurricane (21-13), who won their final 11 games and defeated Louisiana Tech to win the Conference USA championship.

Virginia 70, Coastal Carolina 59

RALEIGH, N.C. — Anthony Gill and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 10 second-half points, helping Virginia survive an early scare from upset-minded Coastal Carolina and record a 70-59 win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Wichita State 64, Cal Poly 37

ST. LOUIS — Wichita State can now add the best start in NCAA men’s basketball history to its list of records set during the team’s undefeated run this year. Cleanthony Early supplied a game-high 23 points as the Shockers secured the first-ever 35-0 start to a season with a 64-37 thumping of Cal Poly in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky 56, Kansas State 49

ST. LOUIS — Freshman Julius Randle registered 19 points and 15 rebounds in his NCAA Tournament debut as Kentucky claimed a 56- 49 victory over Kansas State in second-round action from the Midwest Region. Aaron Harrison supplied 18 points for ninth-seeded Kentucky (25-10), which will take on Wichita State, the region’s top seed, in the third round on Sunday.

North Carolina 79, Providence 77

SAN ANTONIO — Marcus Paige scored 19 points, James Michael McAdoo added a pair of clutch free throws and North Carolina escaped with a 79-77 win over Providence in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. With the score knotted at 77 and the clock winding down, McAdoo rebounded Brice Johnson’s missed jumper and drew a foul with less than four seconds to play. McAdoo made the first free throw to put UNC (24-9) in front.

Stephen F. Austin 77, VCU 75 (OT)

SAN DIEGO — Desmond Haymon tied the game with a four- point play late in regulation, then hit a big 3 in overtime as Stephen F. Austin took a thrilling 77-75 win over VCU in second-round action from the South Region. Haymon was fouled hitting a three-pointer with 3.6 seconds left in regulation, then made the free throw to send the game to an extra session.

 

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