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Notes: Mercer 78, Duke 71
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/21/2014
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Mercer 78, Duke 71

Team Notes:
•    Third-seeded Duke fell, 78-71, to 14th-seeded Mercer in the NCAA Second Round at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. The loss was Duke’s seventh in 38 opening-round games in the NCAA Tournament. It was also Duke’s first loss to a No. 14 seed.
•    Duke fell to 99-34 (.744) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, which remains the highest tournament winning percentage in NCAA history.
•    The Blue Devils suffered back-to-back losses for only the second time since the 2009-10 season, falling to 26-2 in games following a loss. The only previous time during that span in which Duke lost consecutive games came in 2012 when Duke lost in the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament.
•    For the second straight game, Duke’s opponent attempted more than twice as many free throws as the Blue Devils. Mercer hit 23-of-28 shots from the line, while Duke hit 12-of-13. The .923 shooting percentage from the line was Duke’s highest of the season.
•    Rasheed Sulaimon and Quinn Cook combined for 43 points and both reached the 20-point plateau. Cook’s 23 points were a season high and the second most in his Duke career. Including six points from Tyler Thornton, Duke’s guards accounted for 49 of Duke’s 71 points (69.0 percent).
•    Duke hit 15-of-37 three-pointers, tying a season high for made three-pointers and tied for the ninth most in a game in school history. Quinn Cook hit a career-high 7-of-10 shots from beyond the arc.
•    Duke concluded the season shooting .395 (316-of-801) from three-point range to rank third in the school record books in made three-pointers per game (9.02).
•    Duke entered halftime leading 35-34. The Blue Devils have trailed at the half just three times all season.
•    Duke played its 253rd consecutive game as a ranked team. The Blue Devils are 210-43 (.830) during that run, which began at the start of the 2007-08 season.

Player Notes:

Quinn Cook
•    Scored a season-high 23 points for his fifth 20-point game of the season. Cook shot 8-of-11 from the field and 7-of-11 from three-point range. The seven made three-pointers tied for the 11th-most treys in a game in Duke history.
•    Scored 15 points and shot 5-of-6 from three-point range in the second half.
•    Put Duke in the lead three times in the second half, breaking tied games with three-pointers in each of those instances.
•    Played 35 minutes in the game, including all 20 minutes of the second half.
•    Ends his junior season with a career assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.62:1, which would best the school record of 2.50:1 set by Steve Wojciechowski from 1995-98.

Andre Dawkins
•    Ended his career with a .407 (231-of-563) career three-point percentage, which ranks fifth all-time at Duke behind only Christian Laettner, Trajan Langdon, Seth Curry and Shane Battier.
•    Also cracked Duke’s top 10 for made three-pointers, finishing eighth with 231 treys.
•    Led the ACC in three-point percentage, shooting .421 (64-of-152) from beyond the arc. Teammate Rodney Hood finished right behind Dawkins with a .420 (71-of-169) for the season.

Rodney Hood
•    Knocked down two three-pointers, giving him at least one trey in 32 of Duke’s 35 games. Hood went 2-of-5 from the line and shot .420 (71-of-169) from beyond the arc in his first season on the court for the Blue Devils.
•    Grabbed six rebounds for his 14th game with at least five rebounds this season.
•    Snapped a streak of nine consecutive double-figure scoring games, finishing with just six points against Mercer. Hood logged 10+ points in 30 games.

Amile Jefferson
•    Grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, including six offensive boards. It was Jefferson’s second straight double-digit rebounding performance and eighth this season. Duke suffered its first loss when Jefferson recorded double-digit rebounds.
•    Finished the regular season as Duke’s leader in field goal percentage, sinking 64.4 percent (94-of-146) of his shots from the floor.

Jabari Parker
•    Concluded his first season at Duke on a streak of 18 consecutive double-figure scoring games, pouring in 14 points against Mercer. Parker scored in double figures in 33 of Duke’s 35 games, breaking the previous school freshman record of 31 double-figure scoring games set by Gene Banks (1977-78) and Luol Deng (2003-04).
•    Grabbed seven rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, giving him seven or more rebounds in 17 of his past 18 games. Parker set Duke’s freshman rebound record with 306 boards and became only the 13th player in Duke history – and seventh under Coach K – to record 600 points and 300 rebounds in the same season.
•    Concluded his first collegiate season as the school freshman record holder for points (670), points per game (19.1), rebounds (306), field goal attempts (499), made free throws (160), attempted free throws (214), dunks (62), double-figure scoring games (33) and 20-point games (18).

Rasheed Sulaimon
•    Recorded his third 20-point game of the season, pouring in 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Sulaimon hit 5-of-12 shots from three-point range, setting a season high for made three-pointers.
•    Played all 20 minutes of the second half and a team-high 36 minutes for the game.