BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Malachi Alexander scored 26 and Holy Cross capped its stunning run to the Patriot League title and an NCAA Tournament berth with a 59-56 victory over Lehigh on Wednesday night, the Crusaders' fourth straight road win.
Holy Cross is 14-19 and failed to win a conference road game during the regular season. In the conference tournament, it won at Loyola, at top-seeded Bucknell, at Army and at second-seeded Lehigh (17-15).
The Crusaders are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.
"They suffered through a lot and, at the end, they came through," coach Bill Carmody said.
Alexander made 6 of 7 3-pointers, more than enough for the ninth-seeded Crusaders to end Lehigh's school record-tying 11-game winning streak.
Holy Cross is the 25th team to ever make the NCAA Tournament with a losing record.
ILLINOIS 85, MINNESOTA 52: Michael Finke scored 17 to lead the Illini (14-18) in the Big Ten tournament's opening round in Indianapolis.
NEBRASKA 89, RUTGERS 72: Shavon Shields had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cornhuskers (15-17) in the Big Ten tournament.
MISSOURI: Coach Kim Anderson got a vote of confidence from athletic director Mack Rhoades.
SAN FRANCISCO: Coach Rex Walters was fired after eight seasons. Walters went 127-127 overall and 15-15 this season.