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Fairleigh Dickinson, Barely in the N.C.A.A. Tournament, Topples Purdue in a Shocker

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fairleigh Dickinson, a No. 16 seed in the N.C.A.A. men’s tournament, on Friday night outclassed Purdue, a mighty No. 1 seed that boasted arguably the top player in college basketball, delivering the most shocking upset in the sport in half a decade.

“I can’t even explain it. I’m shocked right now,” Sean Moore, a junior forward who led Fairleigh Dickinson with 19 points, said after the game went final, his team on top, 63-58. “I can’t believe it.”

The win was just the second time a men’s No. 16 seed had defeated a No.