The first half of the First Four Tuesday night was a pretty embarrassing night of basketball with a pair of big-time blowouts. Wednesday’s half of games opened up with a low-scoring barnburner between Southern and Holy Cross.
The Crusaders have had an improbable run the last few weeks as they won four straight games on the road to win the Patriot League and advance to the NCAA Tournament with a 14-19 record. The won a fifth straight with a 59-55 win over the Southern Jaguars.
Holy Cross had last won in the NCAA Tournament in 1953 when they advanced to the Elite Eight. They also became the first team with 19 losses to win since 1955.
There were a total of ten lead changes in the game, but the Crusades pulled away in the last minute of the game. Their big win can mostly be accredited to Robert Champion.
Champion came off the bench to lead the Crusaders with 19 points, going 3-5 from behind the three-point line. He also had four rebounds on the night.
The No. 16 game will move on to play the Oregon Ducks in the Round of 64 on Friday. The game will take place at 7:30 p.m. EST on TruTV.
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