Playing at home in Moon Township outside Pittsburgh against the defending NCAA champion Kentucky, Robert Morris jumped to a 10-0 lead and held on for a 59-57 upset win in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.
The Colonials (24-10) made national headlines by first being awarded the game on their own floor (Kentucky’s Rupp Arena will be used for the NCAA tournament), and then by knocking off the Wildcats in Kentucky coach John Calipari’s hometown.
Mike McFadden sealed the result by hitting two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining. Lucky Jones led Robert Morris with 15 points, although he was ejected from the game for a flagrant foul with 3:41 left in the game. Archie Goodwin paced Kentucky (21-12) with 18 points.