Ansley Almonor scored 23 factors, and Fairleigh Dickinson beat Texas Southern 84-61 Wednesday evening to earn its first NCAA Tournament win in 4 seasons.
The Knights held a 14-2 lead after a 12-0 run within the opening 3:29 and by no means gave up the lead. Grant Singleton scored seven factors throughout a 19-6 run, when the Knights led by as many as 18 on the finish of the primary half.
Jordan Gilliam made a jumper that received Texas Southern as shut as 10 factors with 10:01 left within the second half. The Tigers shot 42% and went 1-for-17 from 3-point distance.
Fairleigh Dickinson shot 50% and superior to the East Region to play top-seeded Purdue in Columbus, Ohio, Friday.
Joe Munden Jr. scored 17 factors, Demetre Roberts had 15, Singleton completed with 13 and Sean Moore added 10 for Fairleigh Dickinson (20-15).
John Walker III led Texas Southern (14-21) with 22 factors. Joirdon Karl Nicholas added 10.
Fairleigh Dickinson: First-year coach Tobin Anderson circled a Knights squad that went 4-22 a season in the past.
Texas Southern: The Tigers missed their first 13 3’s earlier than making their first with 4:52 remaining. Their 28.4% clip this season from 3-point distance ranked worst within the Southwest Athletic Conference, and Texas Southern missed out on profitable its third-straight look within the First Four.
Fairleigh Dickinson will play Purdue on Friday.
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