There’s something about New Jersey schools playing Cinderella.
Last year, it was San Pedro.
On Thursday, it was Princeton.
Now, they are Grant Singleton and Fairleigh Dickinson.
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FDU became the second No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 in NCAA Tournament history, defeating Purdue, 63-58.
Neither team led by more than six points in the entire game, and despite Zach Edey continuing to be a walking double-double, the Knights never wavered.
After Purdue took a 47-41 lead, FDU went on a 13-3 run to make up four points. Purdue cut it to one with a 3-pointer, but neither team scored for the next four minutes.
FDU took a five-point lead with less than two minutes to go, and their defense continued to clamp down. The Boilermakers didn’t score for nearly six minutes until a three-pointer cut the deficit to two.
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But Sean Moore drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the perimeter to put FDU up 61-56 with 1:04 to go. Purdue responded with a pair of free throws and then forced a turnover to get the ball with the shot clock off by three.
After Purdue’s first shot was blocked out of bounds, Fletcher Loyer missed a 3-pointer that was rebounded by the Knights, who were fouled with 8.1 seconds remaining. Demetre Roberts made both free throws to get his team back to five, and it turned out to be the dagger.
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The No. 16 seeds are now 2-150 all-time against the No. 1 seeds.
UMBC defeated Virginia, 74-54, in the first round of the 2018 tournament. Virginia also fell victim as the fourth seed Thursday to No. 13 Furman.