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Mercer looking to continue crashing tournament party
NCAA Mercer Duke Bask Heal 1
Mercer forward Jakob Gollon (20) fights for the ball with Duke forward Amile Jefferson (21) during Mercer's upset victory Friday in Raleigh, N.C. - photo by Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. — The way senior Jakob Gollon sees it, Mercer has been building toward this NCAA tournament through years of playing power conference teams. Each matchup — the lopsided losses, the confidence-building wins, even the final minutes of a close game — taught the 14th-seeded Bears a lesson. And that has helped them mature into the team that stands here now, fresh off the tournament's biggest upset over Duke and playing Tennessee to reach the round of 16 on Sunday in the Midwest Regional.