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Game 23:
#10 03-04 Vermont vs. #26 15-16 UNH

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Another upset! The 26 seed 15-16 Wildcats stunned the America East world with a surprising, thrilling 64-62 victory over 7th seeded 03-04 Vermont. The Wildcats proved they belong from the opening tip scoring the game’s first seven points. The Wildcats led for all but 17 seconds of the half, carrying four point lead into the break.

The second half was a defensive, physical slugfest. The Wildcats scored only 12 points in the first 14 minutes of the half and found themselves trailing by 5 with 5:33 to play after a pair of TJ Sorrentine free throws. A pair of Taylor Leissner buckets brought the deficit to one, but a David Hehn free throw and deep Sorrentine 3 extended Vermont’s lead to 5. Down by 3 with less than 30 seconds remaining Jaleen Smith hit a clutch 3 point jumper to tie the game at 62. With a chance to win the game, TJ Sorrentine’s pass to Taylor Coppenrath went out of bounds and gave the Wildcats a chance to win the game in regulation.

In the huddle, Bill Herrion drew up a Christian Laettner-esque play for Jacoby Armstrong with Leissner having fouled out with 3 minutes to play. Ronnel Jordan’s inbounds pass fell perfectly into the arms of Armstrong, who turned, faded and knocked down a jumpshot from the top of the key to give the underdog Wildcats a massive win over the Catamounts.

Leissner, who fouled out in 25 minutes, led UNH with 20 points on 7/13 shooting. For Vermont, it was a struggle for their two stars Sorrentine (11 points) and Coppenrath (20 points), who combined to make just 10 of 31 field goals.

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Game 24:
#4 15-16 Stony Brook vs. #20 12-13 Albany

Jameel Warney and the 15-16 Seawolves advanced to the Elite Eight with a 10 point win against upset-minded 12-13 Albany. The Seawolves controlled a majority of the first half, but a 10-3 run to end the first half brought the Great Danes within 3 at the break. Mike Black, who scored a game high 25 points, tied things up at 45 after a corner 3 early in the second half, but his Great Danes would not hit another field goal for 6+ minutes and the Seawolves stretched the lead to 12. The Great Danes would get as close as 8 the rest of the way, but the consistent offensive play from Warney (21 points), Carson Puriefoy (22 points) and Rayshaun McGrew (12 points) was enough to keep Albany at bay.

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Hodges must've reaggravated that shoulder injury, that's the only way to explain his off night. Monroe's insistence on only going seven deep finally sputtered the team's memorable season.
 

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That last 3 pointer by Armstrong by UNH to take down the 03-04 Vermont was a thing of beauty, great stroke under pressure.
 

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Final Four:

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The magical run for the 26 seed Wildcats came to an end in the Final Four, as New Hampshire fell to the Hofstra Pride 89-81. The Wildcats cut a 15 point deficit to 4 with 5 minutes to play after a Pat McNamara three pointer, but Rick Apodaca answered with a three of his own and the Wildcats would get no closer than that. In the win for the Pride, Roberto Gittens scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

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The 4 seed Seawolves obliterated the 17-18 Catamounts in the Final Four, as star forward Jameel Warney scored 41 points en route to a championship berth. In 31 minutes, Warney also grabbed 11 caroms, dished out 5 assists, racked up 3 steals and blocked 5 shots.

The Catamounts scored the game's first four points, but a Warney layup started a 31-8 run that put Stony Brook ahead by 19 with 7 minutes left in the half. Warney and the Seawolves never let up, growing the lead to 24 at the half and ultimately winning by 30 points. In the loss, Trae Bell-Haynes led the 'Cats with 19 points and 8 assists.

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Nice Job SBU! Still upset by the refs robbing Binghamton in the Vermont game but a well-deserved win, Warney even though his numbers don't show it was too much for the Hofstra Pride to handle.

Also the espn commentators of this game where pretty annoying, I muted the volume halfway though.
 

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Ok. Since we are still quarantined, run it again and see how different it comes out!

Create a new bracket with the last place teams(s) from every year where the losing team moves on the bracket (make the simulator try to win of course) to determine the worst team of all time.

This could be entertainment for weeks!
 

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Ok. Since we are still quarantined, run it again and see how different it comes out!

Create a new bracket with the last place teams(s) from every year where the losing team moves on the bracket (make the simulator try to win of course) to determine the worst team of all time.

This could be entertainment for weeks!
You are welcome to take the lead, but I am done 😂 glad you enjoyed this round, though!
 
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