Saint Peter’s pulled off the most important upset of this NCAA Match, changing into simply the tenth ever No. 15 seed to knock off a No. 2 seed. The Peacocks surprised No. 2 Kentucky – a nationwide title contender – with a 85-79 additional time win within the first spherical Thursday at Indianapolis.
Saint Peter’s, a mid-major from Jersey Metropolis, New Jersey and winner of the MAAC match’s computerized bid into the Large Dance, gained its first-ever NCAA Match recreation in its first look since 2011. This may go down as one of many greatest upset losses in coach John Calipari’s tenure with Kentucky; its his first first-round loss since taking on this system in 2009.
Daryl Banks III carried the Peacocks (20-11) offensively within the upset, ending with 27 factors off 5 three-pointers. Banks’ free throws with 1:45 left gave Saint Peter’s a 77-76 edge in additional time. Oscar Tshiebwe, USA TODAY Sports activities’ nationwide participant of the 12 months, got here up big in additional time with huge buckets. He completed with 30 factors and 15 rebounds.
However Saint Peter’s junior guard Doug Edert (20 factors off the bench) was arguably the star of the sport together with his playmaking in crunch time. His three-pointer with 2:41 left in additional time made it 75-all when the Peacocks wanted a basket to regain momentum.
On the finish of regulation, Edert got here up clutch. His runner with 21 seconds left tied it at 71-all to drive additional time and his three-pointer on the prime of the important thing with 1:18 left gave the Peacocks a momentous 69-68 lead. Saint Peter’s guard Matthew Lee made two clutch free throws with 22 seconds left to assist seal the sport.
“I’ve bought guys who’ve a chip on their shoulder,” Saint Peter’s coach Shaheen Holloway stated after the sport. “I’ve bought guys who assume they will play for Kentucky.”
Kentucky shot itself within the foot in a number of methods, particularly by going 1-for-6 from the free-throw line in additional time. TyTy Washington drilled a three-pointer with 21 seconds left to chop the deficit to 81-79, however it wasn’t sufficient to tug out the victory. The Wildcats (26-8), coming off a 9-16 shedding season in 2020-21, have been seeking to avenge final season and get to a Last 4 within the East Regional.
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