OKC Native And Mercer Coach Bob Hoffman Leads Bears Past Duke


Friday, March 21st 2014, 5:08 pm
By: News 9


The Mercer Bears pulled off the biggest upset of this season's NCAA tournament so far as OKC native Bob Hoffman coached the Bears past Duke on Friday, 78-71.

Daniel Coursey scored 17 points and Jakob Gollon added 20 points for the 14th-seeded Bears.

The Bears were simply too much for a Duke team with stars Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood.

Mercer scored 11 straight points during the late 20-5 run that clinched the biggest victory in school history. It's the second one-and-done in three years for the third-seeded Blue Devils.

Hoffman was born and raised in Oklahoma City and played college basketball at Oklahoma Baptist. He was the women's basketball coach at Southern Nazarene from 1987-1990 before returning to his alma mater as the head men's basketball coach until 1999. After a five-year stint as the head coach at Texas-Pan American, Hoffman returned to Oklahoma as an assistant coach under OU coach Kelvin Sampson.

Hoffman became the Mercer head coach in 2008.