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Furman University emerges as the must-watch underdog in the midst of the madness

Furman stuns Virginia in NCAA tournament


Furman stuns Virginia in NCAA tournament upset

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March is the month of madness for thousands of collegiate teams looking to make their mark in NCAA history.

For fans of South Carolina’s Furman University, Thursday’s tipoff game against the No. 4 seeded University of Virginia was the first time they saw their men’s team dance in the biggest postseason tournament of the year in more than four decades .

“It was incredible. I mean, just to see how many people have been waiting for this moment since 1980,” head coach Bob Richey told CBS News.

For fifth-year senior and Furman forward Jalen Slawson, his time in South Carolina will surely be one to remember.

“I’m sure in 30 years it will be something I can look back on and say I did forever.” Slawson, Southern Conference Player of the Year.

The Paladins took to the big stage in Orlando and were up for a fight during their first-round matchup in what became a nail biter for the ages. Facing a 12-point deficit in the second half, hopes faded for the young team. But as time was running 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 got the ball out but ran out of time to react and the game was over.

Thus, an underdog coach with a very young team found a way to survive and grow. They are now expected to become the Cinderella story of the tournament.

“What an incredible college basketball game,” Richey told CBS News after his team’s victory. “All year we’ve been saying this team just knows how to win. It’s an incredible moment and give all the credit to God for me to lead it, but this is a day where these players found a way to help the team to lead.” .”

The Paladins must now face the no. 5 seed San Diego State after they defeated 12th-seeded College of Charleston 63-57 on Thursday.


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