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The magical ride of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County men's basketball team ended Sunday night when the Retrievers suffered a 50-43 loss to Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
By about 9:45 Friday night, as 16th-seeded UMBC sustained its second-half lead over Virginia in a South Regional first-round game at Charlotte, North Carolina, there must have been thousands of Google searches on the "UMBC" acronym.
K-State guard Barry Brown led the way by scoring 18 points and playing stellar defense against on the perimeter against UMBC guards. They finished 6-of-22 from 3-point range two nights after lighting up Virginia. Nobody could put the ball into the basket.
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber says the 5-foot-8, 140-pound Maura is "a little pest" after studying him on game film.
"We like to call ourselves a big nerd school", said Sarfarazi.
Defensively, both teams came out hard to shut down the opposing offense. But out of more than 17 million submissions on ESPN's Tournament Challenge, no "perfect" brackets remained after the historic UMBC upset of Virginia on Friday night.
The shots did not go in.
Lyles was upset that he went 3 of 6 from the field, matching his team's 50 percent shooting from the foul line. And only four points. That's not our basketball game. "We could tell during the game how many people were rooting for us". But that also meant the game stayed at a razor-thin margin, and hope remained.
"We just started jumping from bed to bed and hugging each other", Maura said.
"For a school that's done so much in terms of growth and getting here, the chance of the sweet 16 is insane", said UMBC Senior Maher Bousaba. They are a team that is shooting 38 percent from the arc this season and they will continue to let the shots fly. They're athletic, they're big. "Can't take anything away from them". Kansas State missed all eight of its 3-point attempts.
Although a No. 9 seed, Kansas State will be the best team Kentucky has faced so far in the tournament. "UMBC played excellent defense, pestering the Cavaliers for 40 minutes".
Wade, of course, had to watch from the sideline. UMBC scored 53 points in the second half - 1 point shy of how many Virginia scored in the entire game. "It's always exciting to make history". "It wasn't pretty, but it's sure a hell of a win".
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