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No. 11 seed Dukes upset No. 6 seed Cougars in Omaha

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 11 seed Duquesne Dukes have upset the No. 6 seed BYU Cougars on Thursday. The Dukes won 71-67 over the Cougars at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

With the win, Dukes head coach Keith Dambrot has at least one more game in his coaching career. He has announced his intentions to retire at the end of the season.

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The Dukes (25-11) will face the winner of the No. 3 Illinois Fighting Illini and the No. 14 Morehead State Eagles on Saturday.

This was the Dukes first NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament win since 1969. And they led as much as 14 points in the second half.

The Cougars (23-11) has had their season come to a close. BYU came into the contest as the No. 21 ranked team in the country.

Dae Dae Grant led the Dukes with 19 points. He also had three rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Grant was one of three players in double digits. Jimmy Clark III had 11 points and Jakob Necas added 12.

Duquesne had 18 bench points. Necas led the bench with the aforementioned 12 points.

Jaxson Robinson led the Cougars with 25 points. He also had two rebounds and one assist.

Robinson was one of four players for his team, who had double figures. However, Dallin Hall, Spencer Johnson, and Fousseyni Traore had 11 points each.

The Cougars had 40 bench points. Robinson led the bench with the aforementioned 25 points.

The bench outscored the starters by 13 points. The starters combined for 27 points.

Robinson nearly had as much as the starters by himself. He was just two points shy of having as many points as the starters.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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