DAYTON, Ohio — Darnell Edge scored a career-high 33 factors, and Fairleigh Dickinson rallied to win its first ever N.C.A.A. Match recreation, taking down Prairie View A&M, 82-76, within the event opener Tuesday night time.

Edge was 7 for 9 from past the Three-point line, and Jahil Jenkins scored 20 of his 22 factors within the second half for the Knights (21-13), who superior out of the First 4 to play Gonzaga, the No. 1 seed, on Thursday in Salt Lake Metropolis.

Prairie View (22-13), additionally looking for its first event win, constructed up 13-point leads in each halves, however Fairleigh Dickinson took management within the second half behind the capturing of Edge and Jenkins.

A Three-pointer by Gary Blackson pulled Prairie View again to inside two factors, 78-76, however a layup from Mike Holloway Jr. and a pair of free throws by Edge with 17 seconds left sealed the end result for Fairleigh Dickinson.

Blackson led the Panthers with 26 factors and Devonte Patterson had 17.

Prairie View threatened to run away with it early, ripping off a 14-Zero first-half run as Fairleigh Dickinson dedicated 9 turnovers within the first 10 minutes to fall right into a 19-6 gap. The Knights chipped away, with Edge hitting a Three-pointer and a layup within the final minute of the half to scale back the deficit to 41-34 on the intermission.

The Knights received their first event win in six tries, they usually earned it by staging a livid comeback and holding off Prairie View down the stretch.

Prairie View’s solely earlier event look was 21 years in the past. It had excessive hopes after profitable the Southwestern Athletic Convention common season and event, going 21-2 to complete the season.

BELMONT 81, TEMPLE 70 Kevin McClain scored 29 factors and led the decisive second-half run as Belmont received its first N.C.A.A. Match win, ending Coach Fran Dunphy’s profession at Temple.

The 11th-seeded Bruins (27-5) play Maryland on Thursday within the East Area.

Belmont received at-large bid after shedding to Murray State within the Ohio Valley Convention event title recreation. The Bruins confirmed that the choice committee’s religion was not misplaced, getting the breakthrough win on their eighth attempt.

The loss despatched Temple (23-10) right into a transition on the high. Dunphy is retiring after his 13th season at Temple, the place he changed John Chaney. Dunphy beforehand coached 17 seasons at Penn.

He hoped to educate one other day, however Belmont’s high-scoring offense pulled away on the finish. Senior guard Shizz Alston Jr. led the Owls with 21 factors.

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