FDU Vs Purdue - First Round NCAA Tournament Extended Highlights

FDU Vs Purdue - First Round NCAA Tournament Extended Highlights


FDU vs Purdue  First Round NCAA tournament extended highlights

On Friday night, Fairleigh Dickinson pulled off one of college basketball's greatest upsets: they defeated Purdue 63-58 to become just the second 16 seed ever to upset a top seed.

The game featured several pivotal plays by both teams. The Boilermakers led for most of the contest, but FDU came from behind to win by five on a triple by Columbus native Sean Moore with 1:03 left in regulation.

1. Zach Edey

On Friday night, Fairleigh Dickinson pulled off one of the greatest upsets in NCAA Tournament history - a 63-58 win over top-seeded Purdue. Despite being a small New Jersey school with fewer than 30,000 residents, the Knights held Purdue scoreless for over 5 1/2 minutes down the stretch and used their press defense to overwhelm 7-foot-4 All-American Zach Edey from start to finish.

Edey, who has led the Boilermakers to 27/10 games in two decades, had 21 points and 15 rebounds. Unfortunately for his teammates, they shot a combined 19% from 3-point range while turning it over 16 times.

Toronto native Stephen Dunbar has been an influential force on the court throughout his college career, helping lead the Boilermakers to both regular-season and tournament championships. A two-time AP All-American, he was recently selected for Canada's National Team - making him the first Canadian to receive this distinction in over a decade.

After spending a season at IMG Academy, where he helped the school win the UnderArmour Rise championship and was ranked among Canada's top five, Edey decided to transfer to Purdue. He chose this program due to its friendly team atmosphere and longstanding success with big men.

He arrived in West Lafayette for the spring semester and reclassified from the 2021 class to 2020. Although lacking experience, coach Matt Painter believed he could blossom into something great with more time on campus.

It didn't take him long to find his place at Purdue. After some early struggles as a freshman, he eventually rose to become the leader of an impressive Purdue team that went on to win both the Big Ten tournament and several March Madness games during his junior season.

He had also struggled with his size, something he has worked to address. Now 7 feet 4 inches tall and still growing, the problem has been conquered.

At the start of his program, he had to endure workouts that required him to remain on the floor for extended periods of time. Although this proved taxing on his body, it ultimately helped him build a stronger foundation for playing basketball.

2. Braden Smith

On Friday night, Fairleigh Dickinson Knights made history by becoming only the second 16-seed to upset a top seed in NCAA tournament history - beating defending champion Boilermakers 63-58 in Columbus, Ohio. Now one win away from reaching the Sweet 16 round, FDU must beat another 16-seed on their way there!

Last week, FDU made an unexpected entrance into the NCAA tournament by dominating Texas Southern in a First Four play-in round. Although they lost by one point to Merrimack in the Northeast Conference championship, as Merrimack is ineligible for participation due to their transition from Division II status, FDU was given an automatic bid for the big dance anyway.

Reaching their goal was no small feat, but the Knights (21-15) made up for lost time against Purdue (29-6). After falling behind by seven points midway through the first half, they mounted an impressive defensive comeback that kept Purdue on edge while wearing down Zach Edey with relentless pressure.

Smith led the way for FDU with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including a 3-for-5 effort from behind the arc. Additionally, he had 15 rebounds to show for it on the boards.

But the difference in this game lay in the paint. FDU forced a series of errors from their opponents and capitalized on them. The Knights held Purdue to just 22 percent shooting from inside the arc, while only making one shot from beyond it.

Additionally, the Knights' defense on Edey effectively shut down his All-America center at every opportunity. He ended with 21 points but his teammates struggled to find him on the floor at times.

Even with their win, Purdue remains one of college basketball's elite teams, but this loss will linger in both fans' and players' memories. It serves as a reminder that Matt Painter's squad is still not quite at the level of his former Boilermakers.

3. Fletcher Loyer

Fletcher Loyer made an impressive shot-clock three-point jumper to extend Purdue's lead against Maryland to 42-41 with 1:03 remaining. With this lead, the Boilers held a slim 42-41 advantage going into overtime.

On the shortest team in the tournament, Loyer got his chance after Braden Smith passed him a pass that left him wide open at the top of the arc. He then calmly drained it for his first NCAA Tournament point - his first point ever!

He finished with 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, in addition to 2 steals and one block.

FDU's defense held Purdue to 52% shooting in the second half, including a 1-of-6 clip from three-point range. Furthermore, 8 turnovers were committed by FDU as they maintained control of possession throughout.

They were within striking distance when Joe Munden Jr. drove baseline and challenged Zach Edey at the rim, drawing a foul and making one of two free throws to reduce the lead to 10.

After FDU's Cameron Tweedy got the ball back, he took a mid-range shot and hit it to give them an early 10-9 lead. Despite having just 19-18 in front, the Knights refused to let go of their lead.

Soon after, FDU's Demetre Roberts drove baseline and challenged Mason Gillis at the rim, drawing a foul. He then drained the shot to make it one point with just over eight minutes remaining in play.

FDU's Braden Smith intercepted a pass from Loyer and went to the free throw line. He made one of two free throws, then hit a 3-pointer with 1:03 remaining to give his team an impressive 58-56 lead.

The Boilers had five chances to tie the game, but missed their next five shots. Additionally, Braden Smith missed a 3-pointer and Fletcher Loyer was called for a foul with 18.9 seconds remaining in regulation.

Both teams experienced a disappointing conclusion to the game, while those in attendance witnessed their beloved Boilers being defeated in the First Round. It serves as a reminder that Purdue may have an impressive record, but has been defeated by higher seeds three out of the past four NCAA Tournaments.

4. Joe Munden Jr.

On Friday afternoon, Fairleigh Dickinson (21-15) stunned top seed Purdue 63-58 in a game that pitted two teams as disparate as David and Goliath. This marked the second 16-seed to upset a 1-seed and first Northeast Conference team to do so. Additionally, it marked the fourth time in five years that a 16-seed has upset a top seed.

For much of the night, the Knights trailed, but held a five-point lead after Sean Moore's triple with 1:03 left in the first half. That cushion never looked threatened and they held off several close calls from the Boilermakers who had one final chance to tie it with 55 seconds left on the clock.

FDU was able to hold Zach Edey, the Boilermakers' leading scorer, to just one field goal over the final nine minutes. This allowed FDU to use its defense and capitalize off turnovers.

Demetre Roberts had two free throws with eight seconds remaining to secure the win for FDU. Sean Moore blocked Braden Smith's layup attempt for FDU, but Moore missed on a corner three-point attempt and Loyer missed another free throw attempt as time ran out. With the game on the line, FDU had one last opportunity to tie it up but Demetre Roberts hit both free throws to seal it for them.

It was the final moments of this game which highlighted why the Knights are perennial contenders in the Northeast Conference and should be considered for an NCAA tournament spot next year. Their relentless defense kept the Boilermakers scoreless for over 5 1/2 minutes in the fourth quarter.

Edey led all players with 21 points and 12 rebounds in the first half, shooting 7-for-11 from the field. He made four of five from three-point range and finished 6-for-9 at the charity stripe for a decisive edge in this tight contest.

Edey was an integral part of FDU's victory, but Grant Singleton and Sean Moore's defensive efforts also had a major impact. Both players slowed the pace of play while holding Purdue to 35.8% shooting and 5-26 (.296) from beyond the arc, effectively shutting down their offense from taking advantage of their height difference on boards. Their effort also prevented any offensive momentum for Purdue throughout the game.

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