Double-digit seeds Mercer, Tennessee pull upsets of Duke, UMass _ but don't call them flukes

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Mercer guard Kevin Canevari (3) dances with team mates after the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Duke, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. Mercer won 78-71. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Virginia trailed 35-30 at halftime before displaying the form that had carried them to the program's first No. 1 NCAA tournament seed since the days of Ralph Sampson. The Cavaliers shot 65 percent (13 for 20) in the second half while locking down on the Chanticleers, holding them to 32 percent (8 for 25).

The game was tied with about 9 minutes left before the Cavaliers took control with a 23-7 run.

"Everybody was pointing fingers at halftime," said reserve Anthony Gill, who scored 17 points. "But in the second half, we really just decided to play for each other like we've been doing all year. If we do that, it'll pay off."


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