Who had Princeton and Furman winning on Day one of the NCAA Tournament on the bingo card? None of you? Thought so.
Yes, while Furman pulled a monumental one-point upset of Virginia earlier in the day Thursday, nothing topped what the boys from Ewing, New Jersey did to second seeded Arizona.
Princeton pulled off a 59-55 upset victory over the Wildcats, with only one player, Tosan Evbuomwan, scoring in double figures on the night.
Princeton trialed by as many as 12-points with 11:50 to go in regulation before Evbuomwan connected on three consecutive layups to pull the Tigers to within eight, 49-41.
The jolt by Evbuomwan sparked a defensive stand by Princeton which shut down the Wildcats down the stretch.
With 4:28 to go, Keeshawn Kellman’s layup cut the lead down to three points, 55-52, before Ryan Langborg trimmed the deficit to one-point a possession later.
Langborg finally gave Princeton the lead on a layup with 2:03 to go. They would never look back again.
The victory is Princeton’s first in the NCAA Tournament since 1998 when it upset UNLV.