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Yale men’s basketball rallies for another March Madness upset over No. 4 seed Auburn

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Yale University’s men’s basketball team came from behind to defeat No. 4 seed Auburn in the first round. NCAA Tournament Friday night, marking the second tournament win in program history.

Junior John Poulakidas led the 13th-seeded Bulldogs with 28 points. To help revive Yale University Midway through the second half, they came back from a 10 point deficit. Thanks to solid defense in the final minutes of the game, Yale University won 78-76.

Yale celebrates with the team in the locker room after defeating the Auburn Tigers 78-76 in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 22, 2024 in Spokane. Bulldogs head coach James Jones. Washington. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

“I don’t know if it was the best win in Yale basketball history, but I would say it was the best.” basketball team As far as I’m concerned, that’s the best we’ve ever beaten in Yale basketball history,” Yale coach James Jones said in the postgame press conference.

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“Princeton made the Sweet 16. Last year we were at home and they beat us in the championship and everyone in the locker room was itching to get a chance,” said senior August Mahoney, who added 14 points. Ta.

“We had an opportunity. We believed in it because we knew what we were capable of.”

For the second year in a row, an Ivy League team defeated a Power Five champion in the first round. Princeton beat Arizona last year. This year, Yale continues that tradition.

Yasin Ghalam celebrates

Yale guard Yasin Ghalam celebrates with fans after Yale defeated Auburn in the first round of college basketball in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 22, 2024 in Spokane, Washington. 24 years old) stands at the table. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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“Everyone in the locker room believed we were going to get it done, but we’re not done yet,” Mahoney added.

auburn loss Chad Baker-Mazara was noticeably absent. He was sent off for an elbow just three minutes into the game. He was assessed two flagrant fouls.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl acknowledged that the act was egregious, but questioned whether it rose to the level that warranted an ejection.

Auburn players on the bench

Auburn players react while sitting on the bench at the end of the second half of a college basketball first-round game against Yale University in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 22, 2024 in Spokane, Washington. (AP Photo/Kwak Yong)

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“It was inappropriate. It’s clearly a bad grade 1. The fact that it was elevated to a bad grade 2 was a decision that the authorities had to make, but it obviously had a huge impact on the outcome.” Stated.

The Bulldogs advance to the second round and will face the No. 5 seed. san diego state on sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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