For just the second time in men’s NCAA tournament history, a No. 16 seed has done the improbable and taken down a No. 1 seed, as Fairleigh Dickinson shocked top-seeded Purdue and won 63–58 on Friday in Columbus.
The Knights became the first and only other No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 since UMBC stunned Virginia in the first round of the 2018 tournament.
Sean Moore led the way for Fairleigh Dickinson all night long, scoring 19 points on 7-for-17 shooting and 3-for-10 from beyond the arc. The Knights also utilized a frantic defense, double-teaming Purdue star center Zach Edey throughout the game and forcing 15 turnovers from the Boilermakers.
Edey was the sole bright spot for Purdue, scoring 21 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the win. The Boilermakers struggled with a poor shooting night and ended the game 5-for-25 from beyond the arc.
Fairleigh Dickinson will look to continue as this year’s Cinderella in the second round against the winner of No. 8 Memphis and No. 9 Florida Atlantic.