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Holy Cross (14-19) headed to NCAAs

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.

Automatic berths

Men

Austin Peay Ohio Valley

Chattanooga Southern

Fairleigh Dickinson Northeast

Fla. Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun

Gonzaga West Coast

Green Bay Horizon

Holy Cross Patriot

Iona MAAC

NC Asheville Big South

NC Wilmington Colonial

Northern Iowa MVC

South Dakota StateSummit

Yale Ivy

Women

Baylor Big 12

Belmont Ohio Valley

Chattanooga Southern

Connecticut AAC

George Washington Atlantic 10

Iona MAAC

Maryland Big Ten

Notre Dame ACC

Oregon State Pac-12

Penn Ivy

St. John's Big East

San Francisco West Coast

South Carolina SEC

South Dakota StateSummit

Holy Cross (14-19) headed to NCAAs 03/09/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 11:20pm]
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