Off track: 13-seed North Texas gets first NCAA Tournament win with upset of 4-seed Purdue
A second major upset has gone against the B1G.
No. 13 seed North Texas upset No. 4 seed Purdue on Friday evening at Lucas Oil Stadium, pulling out a 78-69 overtime victory. It was the first NCAA Tournament win in the Round of 64 for the Mean Green.
Purdue was fighting from behind for most of the game and had opportunities to take the lead late in the game. Missed free throws hindered the Boilermakers down the stretch, as they missed three straight that would’ve given the team the lead near the end of regulation.
In the overtime period, North Texas held Purdue scoreless through 4:30 until the Boilers got their first bucket. The Mean Green sunk free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the deal.
Four players from North Texas scored in double figures, led by Javion Hamlet, who finished the game with a double-double, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Thomas Bell and Mardrez McBride each scored 16 and James Reese added 13 for the Mean Green.
North Texas hit 9-of-21 shots from 3-point range and shot 47.5% from the floor in the win. Purdue made just 36.2% of their shots for the contest.
The Boilers were led by Jaden Ivey who scored 26 points and Trevion Williams who added 14 points and 13 rebounds to add another double0double to his total. No other Purdue player hit double figures.
Purdue ends the year 18-10 while North Texas plays the winner of Villanova-Winthrop.