Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Fairleigh Dickinson beats Prairie View for first NCAA Tournament victory, Gonzaga up next
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Fairleigh Dickinson University had never won an NCAA Tournament game before Tuesday.
Now they have.
Behind a combined 55 points from guards Darnell Edge and Jahlil Jenkins, the No. 16 Knights fended off No. 16 Prairie View A&M, 82-76, in Dayton, Ohio and advanced to meet No. 1 Gonzaga on Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Edge went for a career-high 33 points and Jenkins scored of 20 of his 22 in the second half.
After winning the NEC Tournament title over St. Francis (Pa.), FDU trailed by 13 points early in the second half and outscored Prairie View A&M 48-29 the rest of the way. Edge and Jenkins combined for 35 points in the second half, shooting 11-of-15 from the field, 4-of-7 from deep and 9-of-9 from the line.
“It’s history, it’s amazing, all the glory goes to my players and my staff,” FDU coach Greg Herenda said on truTV.
“They got so much heart. We were down at St. Francis-Brooklyn, Mount Saint Mary’s. We lost 15 games in a row when these guys were freshman, and we’re going to Utah.”
Jenkins scored 20 after the break.
“I just came out and kept playing my game,” Jenkins said. “I knew in the second half there would be more spacing for me to get in the lane and create for my teammates.”
Of moving on, Jenkins: “I love it. It’s my first time here and I love it. We’ll get ready for Gonzaga and see what happens.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.