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March Madness: Six years is magic number for Mercer's Jakob Gollon
March Madness: Six years is magic number for Mercer's Jakob Gollon

Through pain and surgeries that seemed without end, Jakob Gollon imagined finishing his college basketball career in the NCAA tournament. “But reality isn’t like dreams,” the sixth-year senior at Mercer University said in a telephone interview. That changed Sunday when the Macon, Ga., school beat Florida Gulf Coast University in the Atlantic Sun Conference title game to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1985. Gollon’s wait lasted four surgeries and 152 games. After breaking his left foot as a high school junior in Stevens Point, Wis., doctors inserted a 4.5-inch screw in a failed attempt to fix the problem. Gollon played briefly in his...

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