St. Peter's beats Purdue in major March Madness upset

Jaylen Murray #32 and Latrell Reid #0 of the St. Peter's Peacocks
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St. Peter's University, a Jersey City Jesuit school with around 2,600 undergraduate students, advanced to the Elite Eight after defeating No. 3 seed Purdue University in the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Friday, The New York Times reported.

The St. Peter's Peacocks beat the Purdue Boilermakers 67-64 in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, becoming the first No. 15-seeded team to ever reach the Elite Eight, according to ESPN.

"I got a bunch of guys that just play basketball and have fun. That's all we do," St. Peter's Coach Shaheen Holloway said in an interview after the win.

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St. Peter's clinched its spot in the Sweet Sixteen after upset victories over the No. 2-seeded University of Kentucky and the No. 7-seeded Murray State, per the Times.

The Peacocks will face the University of North Carolina — the winners of the 2017 March Madness tournament and the No. 8 seed this year — on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.

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