N.C.A.A. MEN’S TOURNAMENT: ST. PETER’S EXTENDS ITS MAGICAL RUN TO THE ROUND OF 8
The Peacocks downed Purdue, 67-64, in the round of 16 and became the first No. 15 seed to reach the round of 8. North Carolina knocked off U.C.L.A., and Kansas and Miami also advanced.
Tiny St. Peter’s University is alive and well and moving on to the final eight of the N.C.A.A. tournament after slaying yet another basketball powerhouse.
Playing inspired defense and without any fear, the No. 15 seed Peacocks stunned No. 3 Purdue, 67-64, on Friday night before a crowd at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia that included many St. Peter’s fans who made the trip down the New Jersey Turnpike and roared in approval.
The Peacocks (22-11) will advance to face No. 8-seeded North Carolina in Sunday’s East regional final, with a chance to reach the Final Four in New Orleans.
“I got a bunch of guys that just play basketball and have fun. That’s all we do,” St. Peter’s Coach Shaheen Holloway said in a television interview as his players drowned him out with jubilant celebrations.
St. Peter’s Coach Shaheen Holloway said in a television interview as his players drowned him out with jubilant celebrations.