Tall Fall leads ninth-seeded UCF to first NCAA win over VCU

VCU out of NCAA Tournament after falling to UCF 73-58

Williamson had 32 points and helped rally the Blue Devils from behind in the final minute for a 77-76 victory Sunday to reach the Sweet 16. The Knights are coached by former Duke player and assistant coach Johnny Dawkins. However, the matchup rapidly was developed as one between Duke star and anticipated No. 1 pick in the 2019 National Basketball Association draft Zion Williamson and UCF's transcending center Tacko Fall. Then, we can't forget about Fall, who frustrated Zion and the Blue Devils in the paint all game long, until Williamson fouled him out. It looked like he may have done something like it right before halftime as two VCU defenders surrounded Fall next to the basket, arms extended up near his face as the Knights attempted to inbound the ball with 2.8 seconds left.

But while they will not be advancing to the Sweet 16, they can take heart in the recognition of one of the all-time great coaches. And he made the Blue Devils pay on the other end.

Williamson finished with 32 points, Barrett scored 16, Reddish had 13 and Tre Jones posted 11.

The Knights led the AAC in field goal percentage (46.3) and combined their scoring prowess with an ability to create contact and get to the foul line, where they rank among the top 25 in free throw attempts and enter this game with almost 500 made from the charity stripe (484, tied for 62nd).

Fall had stuffed Williamson three previous times, and Duke's young star was less effective underneath than he'd been his past four games.

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Just like that, the Blue Devils were up 40-27 and cruising. "We got a double-digit lead, we're hungry and we want more". Regardless, Williamson and Barrett provided a snapshot moment that basketball fans are sure to cherish for a long time.

Sunday's matchup was billed as a battle between Williamson and UCF center Tacko Fall. Who wouldn't be as the Knights senior stood 11 inches taller than Williamson and has a wingspan of 8-foot-4?

Williamson missed a chance for a three-point play by leaving the free throw short, but Barrett rebounded and laid it in to put Duke ahead.

Later it was tied at 57-57 when Fall was called for his fourth foul.

The 22-year-old Fall finished with 15 points, three blocks and six rebounds before fouling out with 14.4 seconds left in the game. UCF went nearly the first six minutes without a basket but got its stride and hit 10-of-11 shots during a stretch and led 34-24 at halftime.

Not only did they stay in the game with Goliath, but they were also a missed Aubrey Dawkins tip away from doing the improbable. UCF has a solid core of experienced starters returning, led by Dawkins, who was second on the team in scoring average at 15.1 points a game. They gave up the final 10 points of the first half to put themselves in too deep of a hole.

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