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Defending NCAA Champion Kentucky Eliminated in Opening NIT Game

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March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Defending national champion the University of Kentucky was eliminated by Robert Morris University 59-57 in the opening round of men’s college basketball’s National Invitation Tournament.

Mike McFadden hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds left in last night’s game to give eighth-seeded Robert Morris (24-10) the upset victory against top-seeded Kentucky (21-12) at the Charles L. Sewall Center in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.

Robert Morris missed the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament after losing to Mount St. Mary’s in the Northeastern Conference tournament. Kentucky was not chosen for the 68-team NCAA tournament, which it won last year.

“It’s probably the greatest consolation prize you can possibly have,” Robert Morris coach Andy Toole told reporters.

Lucky Jones scored 15 points and Russell Johnson had 14 for the Colonials. Archie Goodwin scored 18 points and Jarrod Polson had 10 points for the Wildcats, who lost six of their final 10 games.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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