Farleigh Dickinson and Belmont advance in NCAA Tournament

The 16-seed Knights and 11-seed Bruins become the first two of the First Four teams to move on to the Round of 64

Jon Simon
March 20, 2019 - 8:42 am

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The 16-seed Fairleigh Dickinson Knights and 11-seed Belmont Bruins punched their respective tickets to the Round of 64 in the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Tuesday night.

The Knights trailed 16-seed Prairie View A&M by seven points at halftime, but out-scored the Panthers 48-35 in the second half en route to an 82-76 victory. A&M led by as much as 12 early in the second half but the Knights clawed their way back into the game and tied the score at 59-59 with 7:30 to go. Both sides would trade the lead a few times before Fairleight Dickinson took control and pulled ahead 73-66 with 3:00 left on the clock.

Darnell Edge led the Knights with a game-high 33 points along with two rebounds and two assists. Edge played all 40 minutes for Fairleigh Dickinson, as did Jahlil Jenkins, who finished with 22 points for the Knights, and Kaleb Bishop, who scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Fairleight Dickinson will face the one-seed in the West Region, the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The Belmont Bruins took care of business in the second game of the opening night double-header, defeating the 11-seed Temple Owls 81-70. Senior guard Kevin McClain led the Bruins with 29 points and shot 4-for-7 from three. Nick Muszynski, who scored 16 points, was the only other Belmont player to finish in double figures. Senior Dylan Windler pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds and logged a full 40 minutes for the Bruins as well.

Belmont will tip-off against the six-seed Maryland Terapins at 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.

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