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FAU’s Historic Season Continues with First Ever NCAA Tournament Win in a Last Second Thriller

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Florida Atlantic guard Alijah Martin (15) and guard Brandon Weatherspoon (23) celebrate after defeating Memphis 66-65 in a first-round college basketball game in the men’s NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, March 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

 Florida Atlantic University’s men’s basketball is a team that fights. A team that fights for every loose ball, every rebound, and a team fights until the very last buzzer sounds.On Friday night, the fight in these Owls was never more apparent than their 66-65 last-second victory over Memphis in a game that will go down in March Madness history. The win is another historic feat in a season of so many for the Owls, as it marked their first NCAA Tournament win in school history. This is only the Owls’ second-ever appearance in the big dance, and first since 2002. The thrilling victory is also FAU’s first in a postseason tournament outside of a conference tourney.With five seconds left, FAU trailed 65-64, and the Owls drew up a play for guard Nick Boyd. Boyd took the inbounds pass in the corner and instantly drove to the rim. After Vlad Goldin sealed the help defender, Boyd skied to the rim for the layup, putting FAU on top 66-65 with just 2.5 seconds left which gave the Owls the wild win.

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Here was Ken LaVicka’s epic call to end the game.

The fans were celebrating in the stands.

Dusty May and the players reflected on the incredible win and what it means to them during their postgame conference.

FAU will look to continue their magical season when they face the 16th seeded Fairleigh Dickinson University who had a historic win of their own when they became only the second 16 seed ever to defeat a 1 seed with their victory over Purdue. Both teams will be vying to advance to their first ever “Sweet 16”  to be played at the end of the week.

Tune into Fox Sports 640 on Sunday for pregame starting at 7pm and tipoff at 7:45.