March is the month stuffed with insanity for 1000’s of collegiate groups trying to make their mark in NCAA historical past.
For followers of South Carolina’s Furman College, Thursday’s tipoff recreation in opposition to the No. 4 seed College of Virginia was the primary time they’ve gotten to see their males’s group dance within the largest postseason event of the 12 months in additional than 4 a long time.
“It has been unbelievable. I imply, simply to see how many individuals have been ready for this second since 1980,” head coach Bob Richey informed CBS Information.
For fifth-year senior and Furman ahead Jalen Slawson, his time in South Carolina will certainly be one to recollect.
“I am positive in 30 years it’s going to be one thing that I can look again on and say I did that, , ceaselessly.” Slawson, the Southern Convention’s Participant of the Yr, stated.
The Paladins took to the large stage in Orlando and had been in for a battle throughout their first-round recreation, in what grew to become a nail-biter for the ages. Confronted with a 12-point deficit within the second half, hope was dwindling for the younger group. However with time working out, sophomore guard and starter JP Pegues made a catch-and-shoot three-pointer from the wing with 2.3 seconds left on the clock. The Cavaliers took the ball out however had no time left to reply and the sport was over.
That is how an underdog coach with a really younger group discovered a approach to survive and advance. They’re now projected to turn into the Cinderella story of the event.
“What an unbelievable school basketball recreation,” Richey informed CBS Information after his group’s win. “All 12 months, we have been saying that this group simply is aware of the way to win. It is an unbelievable second, and provides all of the glory to God for permitting me to in a position to lead it, however it is a day, these gamers discovered a means.”
The Paladins now should face the no. 5 seed San Diego State after they beat Twelfth-seeded Faculty of Charleston 63-57 on Thursday.
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