March Madness: St. Peter’s Beats Purdue to Reach the Elite 8

PHILADELPHIA — Time isn’t up for the largest underdog of the N.C.A.A. males’s match simply but.

Tiny St. Peter’s College is alive and effectively and shifting on to the ultimate eight of the N.C.A.A. match after slaying yet one more basketball powerhouse. Enjoying impressed protection and with none worry, the No. 15 seed Peacocks shocked No. 3 Purdue, 67-64, on Friday night time earlier than a crowd at Wells Fargo Middle in Philadelphia that included many St. Peter’s followers who made the journey down the New Jersey Turnpike and roared in approval.

The Peacocks (22-11) will advance to face the winner between No. 4-seeded U.C.L.A. and No. 8 North Carolina in Sunday’s East regional closing, with an opportunity to succeed in the Last 4 in New Orleans. They’ve now knocked off No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Purdue and No. 7 Murray State to grow to be the primary seed 13 or decrease to succeed in the ultimate eight.

“I received a bunch of men that simply play basketball and have enjoyable. That’s all we do,” St. Peter’s Coach Shaheen Holloway mentioned in a tv interview as his gamers drowned him out with jubilant celebrations.

The Peacocks captured nationwide consideration instantly after knocking off Kentucky — one of many nationwide title favorites — earlier than changing into simply the third No. 15 seed to advance to the spherical of 16. St. Peter’s is the primary New Jersey faculty to make it this far within the males’s match since Holloway was some extent guard on the 2000 Seton Corridor crew.

“We’re glad however make no mistake, we’re not happy,” mentioned guard Doug Edert, who completed with 10 factors, together with two clutch free throws within the closing seconds. “We really feel like we belong.”

The sport was tight all through with 15 lead adjustments and each groups buying and selling management deep into the second half. Purdue, recognized for its large, tall, athletic gamers, outrebounded and outscored St. Peter’s inside, however the Peacocks discovered a technique to win anyway.

“They beat us like they beat the opposite two groups. They grinded us,” Purdue Coach Matt Painter mentioned.

St. Peter’s guard Matthew Lee tied the sport at 57 with 3:17 remaining, and precisely one minute later Daryl Banks III, the main scorer for the Peacocks with 14 factors, hit a driving layup for the lead. The groups traded baskets and free throws, however Purdue was unable to catch up.

The Peacocks arrived for Friday’s sport sporting T-shirts that learn “Extra Is Attainable.”

“What are they going to say now?” Holloway mentioned as his gamers celebrated behind him. “So long.”

— Adam Zagoria

CHICAGO — Kansas’ veteran lineup pushed into the spherical of 8 on Friday with a 66-61 win over Windfall in a Midwest regional semifinal, changing into the one high seed to advance in per week when upsets have been the norm.

The Jayhawks managed the matchup early on, blocking six Windfall photographs within the first 12 minutes and dominating the first-half rebounding sport. However Windfall, making its first Candy 16 look in a quarter-century, punched again and stored the sport inside attain.

After trailing by as many as 13, Noah Horchler sunk two 3-pointers in fast succession to tug the Friars to inside some extent within the second half. Minutes later, he drove to the basket to present Windfall a fleeting style of the lead.

But it surely proved inadequate in opposition to an skilled Kansas crew that was efficient, even when generally inelegant.

Towards the top of the primary half, Jalen Wilson, a Jayhawk ahead, missed two layups, however received his personal rebound every time and was capable of coerce the ball by the ring. Ochai Agbaji, a nationwide participant of the 12 months finalist, made simply 2 of 8 subject objectives. However with Kansas wanting strained, and the Friars changing into extra aggressive, Agbaji re-emerged late within the second half when Christian Braun served up an alley-oop from behind the 3-point line. Agbaji slammed it residence, enlivening the Jayhawk followers at Chicago’s United Middle who had been quiet for a lot of the night time.

Kansas, whose youngest starter is a redshirt sophomore, was additionally capable of lean on Remy Martin, a super-senior and Arizona State switch, who led the Jayhawks in scoring with 23 factors. Braun, a junior, and Wilson, a redshirt sophomore, each reached double digits in rebounds.

The Jayhawks will enter Sunday as a heavy favourite in opposition to both Iowa State or Miami, who had been set to play one another later Friday. Iowa State is seeded eleventh within the Midwest area, and Miami tenth.

However the Jayhawks’ efficiency on Friday, which adopted a closer-than-hoped-for win in opposition to Creighton within the spherical of 32, did little to assuage considerations about their sturdiness late within the match. Kansas is advancing to the spherical of 8 for the eighth time throughout Coach Invoice Self’s tenure in Lawrence. Solely a type of journeys has ended with a nationwide title.

— Mitch Smith

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