DAYTON, Ohio – Greg Herenda's shocking story that he fought for his life in a San Antonio hospital bed less than a year ago, from blood clots and high fever Long way back, Face Fairleigh Dickinson gave basketball this week and background for the first game of the 201

9 NCAA tournament.

Also, his team has been fighting. Fought against a fiery Prairie View A & M team that completed a 14-0 run in the first half – while keeping the Knights tied for a run of 7:11 – to take control of the battle of Take seed number 16 of the West Region Four games at the University of Dayton Arena. Fought with his own mistakes, especially with damaging sales.

Fought to Salt Lake City, Thursday night with No. 1 seed Gonzaga. The Panthers led most nights and double digits for the time, but second point guard Jahlil Jenkins showed a brilliant display in the second half to celebrate an 82-76 victory for the Knights – their first in the NCAA tournament.

19. March 2019; Dayton, OH, USA; Fairleigh Dickinson Knights guard Jahlil Jenkins (3) moves the ball in the first half against the Prairie View A & M Panther in the first four of the 2019 NCAA tournament at the Dayton Arena . (Photo: TURKEY, USA) )

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Jenkins had 20 of his 22 points in the second half – crossover dribbles, hard floaters and acrobatic drives – and senior guard Darnell Edge consistently scored 33 points for Fairleigh Dickinson. Big man Mike Holloway Jr. also earns a nap for his interior work – 10 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks to help the Knights win their first NCAA win in the sixth attempt.

This trip to Dayton could not have been More than last year, it was a 31-point defeat to Florida Gulf Coast in a First Four game. This was an impressive demonstration of the resilience of Herenda's team, which made things interesting in the decaying seconds – a 4-point game and another long threesome to make an 8-point lead down to 2 – before Elyjah Williams Holloway calmly layup decided to graduate.

Gary Blackson had 26 points for the Panthers, who went crazy from the 3-point area and made 15 out of 28 attempts. That was not enough, as Fairleigh Dickinson scored 68 percent off the ground in the second half (17:25).

Herenda raised two clenched fists to the Knights fans in the crowd and made some hearty hugs on his way to the locker room of a crowded arena. Fairleigh Dickinson faces a much tougher test to double his overall NCAA victories, but Gonzaga has two talented guards to track down in Edge and Jenkins. 19659021]