In a stunning upset, the No. 11 Duquesne Dukes triumphed over the No. 6 BYU Cougars, marking Duquesne’s first NCAA tournament victory since 1969. Jimmy Clark III emerged as the hero, netting seven consecutive points in the final three minutes to secure a 71-67 win.

This victory, achieved in their first tournament appearance since 1977, showcased Duquesne’s strategic prowess, particularly in stifling BYU’s renowned 3-point shooting.

Despite BYU’s late surge, including a clutch three-pointer by Dallin Hall, Duquesne maintained composure, with Dae Dae Grant sinking crucial free throws to seal the game. The triumph not only prolongs Coach Keith Dambrot’s career but also drew admiration from his former protege, LeBron James, who supported the team with new footwear.

Duquesne’s early dominance, followed by a resilient BYU comeback, painted a dramatic picture, yet the Dukes never relinquished control. By limiting BYU’s perimeter game, Duquesne forced them into a subpar shooting performance, ultimately securing their historic win.

The upset shattered bracket predictions, with over 75% of Yahoo users expecting BYU to advance. Meanwhile, BYU faces disappointment, ending their season with a 23-11 record and extending their tournament drought. With this loss, BYU’s March Madness struggles continue, highlighting Duquesne’s remarkable achievement in breaking their own lengthy postseason dry spell.



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