Wagner holds on for first ever March Madness victory after Howard misses late game-tying free throws


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Wagner Faculty is headed to the Spherical of 64 after their first NCAA Tournament win in class historical past.

In a First 4 matchup of 16 seeds, Howard missed three free-throws late to clinch Wagner’s 71-68 victory.

Howard trailed by 17 factors early within the second half however went on a late 14-2 run, closing inside 69-68 on Bryce Harris’ layup with 18 seconds left. After Julian Brown hit a pair of free throws for Wagner, Howard tried three 3-pointers within the final six seconds however missed all of them.

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Tyje Kelton #4 of the Wagner Seahawks celebrates with teammates after defeating the Howard Bison 71-68 within the First 4 recreation through the NCAA Males’s Basketball Event at College of Dayton Area on March 19, 2024 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Michael Hickey/Getty Photos)

Wagner will now face UNC, a No. 1 seed, on Thursday.

The Seahawks earned their journey to the event by successful the Northeast Convention — Howard gained the Mid-Jap Athletic Convention.

Wagner was led by Melvin Council Jr., who scored 21 factors — they solely had seven gamers out there for all of convention play due to accidents, and solely seven gamers noticed the ground on Tuesday evening.

Julian Brown

Julian Brown #13 of the Wagner Seahawks reacts after defeating the Howard Bison within the First 4 recreation through the NCAA Males’s Basketball Event at College of Dayton Area on March 19, 2024 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Michael Hickey/Getty Photos)

Howard’s Seth Cities has now wrapped up his eighth yr of school eligibility. The 26-year-old performed two years at Harvard, even being named the Ivy League participant of the yr as a sophomore. He then missed two seasons as a result of damage. COVID-19 gave him an added yr of eligibility, after which he was injured a 3rd season. Add all of it up, and that is why he was capable of play in each 2016-17 and 2024-24.

Wagner shot 52.7% general and 47.1% (8 of 17) from 3-point vary whereas holding Howard to 38.6% from the sphere.

Melvin Council

Melvin Council Jr. #11 of the Wagner Seahawks reacts through the second half towards the Howard Bison within the First 4 recreation through the NCAA Males’s Basketball Event at College of Dayton Area on March 19, 2024 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Dylan Buell/Getty Photos)

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UNC gained the common season ACC title however was upset by N.C. State within the convention championship recreation final week. The Wolfpack entered the event because the tenth seed, however gained 5 video games in as many days of their 1983 “survive and advance” trend.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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