Tennessee beat Mercer 83-63 on Sunday, and although the Bears lost, they say it was a win of sorts.
"It feels great. It's an accomplishment for the school. A lot of the players I know are excited just for the opportunity. It's cool to watch Mercer, a small team, go so far," said Mitch Tosan, a Mercer student.
Tosan crowded into Mercer Village, a retail development near the university.
"I'm excited that they made it this far. I wish they could have got on the board more and scored a lot more points in free throws and got some fouls, but you know we did a good job," said Wyndy Blanks, a Macon resident.
Mercer Athletic Admissions Director Emory Dunn said Mercer's win against Duke on Friday did wonders for the city.
"It boosted our interest across the country, not only in the Southeast, which is where we're a major university, but across the country, we've got a lot of interest now," said Dunn.
Carl Fambro runs a restaurant in Mercer Village and said they saw a large increase in business on Sunday.
"It's up by 600 percent. This is great," said Fambro.
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