Tennessee Ends Mercer’s NCAA Run With 83-63 Romp

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Anthony White Jr. #15 and Daniel Coursey #52 of the Mercer Bears defend Jarnell Stokes #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 23, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Anthony White Jr. #15 and Daniel Coursey #52 of the Mercer Bears defend Jarnell Stokes #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 23, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tennessee came to Tobacco Road and turned it into “Raleigh Top.”

Jarnell Stokes had 17 points and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds, and the Volunteers denied Mercer a second straight upset in the NCAA tournament by routing the Bears 83-63 on Sunday night.

Josh Richardson had a career-high 26 points and Antonio Barton had 18 for the 11th-seeded Vols (24-12), who outrebounded Mercer 41-19 and kept the Southeastern Conference perfect in the tournament.

They joined Florida and Kentucky in the round of 16 — the first time three SEC teams made it that far since 2007.

Tennessee will face second-seeded Michigan (27-8) in a Midwest Regional semifinal Friday night in Indianapolis.

Stokes broke his 2-day-old school tournament record for rebounds.

Langston Hall had 15 points to lead the 14th-seeded Bears (27-9). They knocked off Duke in the signature upset of the tournament but couldn’t answer Tennessee’s size.

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