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

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2024 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Market data provided by Factset. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Legal Statement. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper.
Fox News Flash top sports headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com.
Wagner College is headed to the Round of 64 after their first NCAA Tournament win in school history.
In a First Four matchup of 16 seeds, Howard missed three free-throws late to clinch Wagner’s 71-68 victory.
Howard trailed by 17 points early in the second half but went on a late 14-2 run, closing within 69-68 on Bryce Harris’ layup with 18 seconds left. After Julian Brown hit a pair of free throws for Wagner, Howard attempted three 3-pointers in the last six seconds but missed them all.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM
Tyje Kelton #4 of the Wagner Seahawks celebrates with teammates after defeating the Howard Bison 71-68 in the First Four game during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at University of Dayton Arena on March 19, 2024 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Wagner will now face UNC, a No. 1 seed, on Thursday.
The Seahawks earned their trip to the tournament by winning the Northeast Conference — Howard won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Wagner was led by Melvin Council Jr., who scored 21 points — they only had seven players available for all of conference play because of injuries, and only seven players saw the floor on Tuesday night.
Julian Brown #13 of the Wagner Seahawks reacts after defeating the Howard Bison in the First Four game during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at University of Dayton Arena on March 19, 2024 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Howard’s Seth Towns has now wrapped up his eighth year of college eligibility. The 26-year-old played two years at Harvard, even being named the Ivy League player of the year as a sophomore. He then missed two seasons due to injury. COVID-19 gave him an added year of eligibility, and then he was injured a third season. Add it all up, and that’s why he was able to play in both 2016-17 and 2024-24.
Wagner shot 52.7% overall and 47.1% (8 of 17) from 3-point range while holding Howard to 38.6% from the field.
Melvin Council Jr. #11 of the Wagner Seahawks reacts during the second half against the Howard Bison in the First Four game during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at University of Dayton Arena on March 19, 2024 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
UNC won the regular season ACC title but was upset by N.C. State in the conference championship game last week. The Wolfpack entered the tournament as the 10th seed, but won five games in as many days in their 1983 “survive and advance” fashion.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Follow Fox News Digital’s sports coverage on X, and subscribe to the Fox News Sports Huddle newsletter.
Receive your weekly recap of all the happenings around the world of sports.
Subscribed
You’ve successfully subscribed to this newsletter!
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2024 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Market data provided by Factset. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Legal Statement. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper.

source

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *