Lehigh Sends 2nd-Seeded Duke to Stunning Loss in NCAA Tournament

Lehigh University pulled off one of the most shocking upsets in National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament history, defeating second-seeded Duke University for the second win today by a 15th seed.

Lehigh (27-7), which had never before won an NCAA tournament game, triumphed 75-70 against Duke, which has 96 NCAA wins and four national championships, including 2010.

Until today, only four No. 2 seeds had lost their opening game at the NCAA men’s tournament since 1985. Then it happened twice in less than three hours.

First, No. 15 Norfolk State beat No. 2 Missouri 86-84 in the West Regional. Then Lehigh, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, pulled off an even bigger surprise with its win against the Blue Devils (27-7).

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks were 0-4 in the NCAA tournament before today.

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