Cinderella lives in Jersey Metropolis this 12 months!
Tiny Saint Peter’s took down basketball royalty on Thursday night time, getting 27 factors from Daryl Banks III in an 85-79 additional time victory over second-seeded Kentucky in the primary spherical of the NCAA Tournament.
The Peacocks turned the tenth No. 15 seed to win a first-round recreation for the reason that event expanded to 64 groups in 1985 and handed Kentucky its first opening-round loss beneath coach John Calipari.
Saint Peter’s, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Convention champion, saved it shut all through and Banks’ two free throws with 1:45 left in additional time gave the Peacocks the lead for good. Doug Edert’s layup with 24 seconds left in regulation despatched the sport to additional time. He additionally made the ultimate two game-sealing free throws for the Peacocks and completed with 20 factors.
Not unhealthy for a personal Jesuit faculty in Jersey Metropolis, New Jersey, with an undergraduate pupil physique of lower than 2,400 individuals. The Peacocks have made half as many NCAA Tournament appearances (4) as Kentucky has nationwide titles (eight).
Oscar Tshiebwe had 30 factors and 16 rebounds for Kentucky (26-8) however his pair of missed free throws early in additional time was expensive, and the Wildcats lacked a dependable secondary scorer. TyTy Washington Jr. was held to 5 factors on 2-of-10 capturing.
The sport featured 16 ties and 13 lead modifications. Kentucky went forward 68-62 on Sahvir Wheeler’s driving layup with 4:12 remaining. Saint Peter’s adopted with seven unanswered factors, capped by Edert’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:25 remaining. Kellan Grady put Kentucky again forward earlier than Edert pressured OT.
Kentucky, the winningest-program in faculty basketball historical past, got here into the event as a No. 2 seed, after successful the SEC common season title. Many had them as potential Remaining 4 and nationwide champion picks, however their March will come to and finish after an early exit.
It’s the second straight 12 months a No. 15 seed superior, with Oral Roberts beating Ohio State in the 2021 event. It was additionally Saint Peter’s first ever in the NCAA Tournament. The group had beforehand reached the massive dance in 1991, 1995 and 2011 however misplaced in the primary spherical every time.
St. Peter’s will play the winner of Murray State and San Francisco on Saturday.