March Madness 2023: FDU vs. Purdue leaves Knights coach Tobin Anderson, players buzzing over historic upset

FDU men’s basketball and head coach Tobin Anderson pulled off arguably the biggest NCAA tournament flop all Friday night, defeating East Region’s top seed Purdue 63-58 to kick off the first round at the National Arena from Columbus, Ohio. By eliminating Big Ten champion Boilermakers (29–6), the Knights (21–15) became the second No. 16 seed to make it past the first round of March Madness.

Sean Moore the Knights led with 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting, as well as five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 28 minutes of play. Demeter Roberts And Cameron Tweedy also scored double-digit numbers: 12 and 10, respectively.

But the history of the game was FDU’s defense as the Knights used full-court pressure to force Purdue to complete 16 passes. The Knights limited the Boilermakers to just 35.8% shooting from the field and 19.2% from three-pointers, which kept them from shooting for more than five consecutive minutes. All-American center Zack Eday finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks but missed in the final 8:32 of the game.

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After Anderson’s game he was joined by Moore, Roberts, Tweedy and Grant Singleton at a post-game press conference to discuss the monumental upset. That’s all the knights had to say.


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