Buster 2014 & 2015

2014

  • 2014: #14 Mercer vs #3 Duke (78-71 1st Rnd)

It had been nearly 30 years (1985) since Mercer had made it to the NCAA Tournament. In that same time span, Duke had only missed out on the Big Dance once (1995). Both teams had exceptional offensive talent averaging almost 79 points per game. With the game being played in Raleigh (NC), the fans were ready to cheer the heavily favored Blue Devils to victory but the Bears had other ideas. After a competitively played first half, the second half proved no different with 4 ties and 9 lead changes. With about 5 minutes remaining Mercer was losing 63-58, but an 11-0 run helped them regain the lead for good. The upset would be the first and only NCAA Tournament win in school history for the Bears who would lose their next game to Tennessee 83-63.


 

2015

  • 2015: #8 NC State vs #9 LSU (66-65 1st Rnd)

NC State had trailed by 14 points at halftime (40-26) but were able trim the deficit to 1 point with 13 seconds remaining and the ball. A Wolfpack player dribbled to the free throw line, started his jumpshot but solid defense forced him to dish it off midair to teammate BeeJay Anya who was a couple feet away. The bigman (6’9’’ 325 lbs) had only 4 seconds to get a shot off. He “quickly” powerstepped into the lane, faked hard to the right, and then turned back with a short left handed hook. The shot bounced on the rim before falling through with only 0.1 seconds left. Anya scored only 4 points the entire game but it would be the final 4 points for the victorious Wolfpack. The bracket busting would continue for NC State as they beat #1 seed Villanova (71-68) to reach the Sweet 16 before losing to Louisville in the Regional Semifinal.