It’s not midnight yet for the Princeton Tigers.
The No. 15 seed moved on to the Sweet 16 after defeating No. 7 Missouri in the second round on Saturday, 78-63.
Princeton dominated the first half, building a 14-point lead. But Missouri got back-to-back buckets to cut it to a seven-point deficit. But the 15th-seeded Tigers got off to a strong start in the second half and never looked back, leading by as many as 21 points.
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Ryan Langborg led the way with 22 points, while Blake Peters scored 17 for Princeton.
Caden Pierce added 16 rebounds.
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They are now the fourth 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16, joining last year’s St. Peter’s Peacocks (also from New Jersey), 2021 Oral Roberts and the 2013 Florida Gulf Coast team.
«This is incredible for our school. Sweet 16 means a lot to our team here. This is really special,» Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson said on the broadcast after the win.
«These guys are coming here to win. It’s the best school in the country… We’re very excited to be here, but not surprised.»
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Princeton now awaits the winner of No. 3 Baylor and No. 6 Creighton. A win will make the Tigers the second 15th seed to make the Elite 8, joining last year’s Peacocks.