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St. Peter’s Staggers Purdue To Gain Elite 8 in NCAA Tournament

Peacocks become first 15 seed to advance this far

The Impossible Dream is alive and swelling in Jersey City.

St. Peter’s became the first 15 seed to make it to the Elite Eight in NCAA Tournament history by shocking — yeah, it is getting redundant — Purdue 67-64 on Friday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 25: KC Ndefo #11 and Jaylen Murray #32 of the St. Peter's Peacocks celebrate after defeating the Purdue Boilermakers 67-64 in the Sweet Sixteen round game of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Center on March 25, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Patrick Smith / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

– St. Peter’s coach Shaheen Holloway, right before his Peacocks took over the interview 🤣 pic.twitter.com/8cnS9r2XfQ

— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 26, 2022

The Peacocks are now 22-11 and on what arguably is the most improbable run in college basketball postseason history.

What is next for these unflappable Peacocks? They will face the winner of the UCLA-North Carolina game, which followed St. Peter’s stunner.

Yes, you are looking at an Elite Eight game that will feature little St. Peter’s of Jersey City, New Jersey, against one of the bluebloods of college hoops, either the Bruins or the Tar Heels.

That sounds more like a paycheck game at the start of a season rather than an NCAA Elite Eight clash.

There were believers at BetUS as bettors did wager on St. Peter’s, which was a +650 underdog on the moneyline against Purdue of the Big Ten. Interestingly, there were far more plays on the Peacocks than on the heavily favored Boilermakers.

Purdue led at one point 56-52 in the second half but St. Peter’s closed with a 15-8 run to bounce the Boilermakers.

The game was last tied at 57-57 when Daryl Banks Jr. hit a jumper to give St. Peter’s the lead.

Hassan Drame then hit a pair of free throws to make the gap four.

After a  pair of Purdue free throws, Matthew Lee hit a pair from the line for St. Peter’s.

Purdue did close within 65-64 on a 3-point shot by Jaden Ivey.

However, Doug Edert connected on two free throws and a last gasp by Purdue from long range failed to connect.

And, in case you are wondering, there are live tickets at America’s favorite SportsBook on the Peacocks. The odds range as high as 50,000-1.

From 12-11 to 22-11. That would be called bouncing back like …

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