Mercer earns ESPY for ‘Best Upset’

Telegraph StaffJuly 16, 2014 

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Mercer guard Kevin Canevari (3) and the Bears beat Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament in March.

CHUCK BURTON — AP

The Mercer men’s basketball team took home the ESPY for “Best Upset” on Wednesday night for its win over Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Mercer was one of three nominees for the award Wednesday. The other nominations were Connecticut’s run to the NCAA basketball title and Chris Weidman’s win over Anderson Silva in a UCF bout.

Head coach Bob Hoffman was joined by departing seniors Monty Brown, Kevin Canevari, Daniel Coursey, Jakob Gollon, Langston Hall and Bud Thomas in Los Angeles to accept the award.

The Bears captured their first-ever win in the NCAA tournament with a thrilling victory over the Blue Devils, who were ranked No. 6 in the country at the time.

Senior Jake Gollon led the Bears with 20 points as the Bears finished the game with an 18-8 run to seal the 78-71 win. Mercer became the 18th No. 14 seed to knock off a No. 3 seed in the tournament.

The Bears’ season came to an end in the next round with a loss to Tennessee. Mercer’s final season in the A-Sun included its first conference title and third trip to the NCAA tournament.

The Bears finished with a 27-9 record, winning the conference tournament title with a win at Florida Gulf Coast.

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