Mitch Stacy, AP Sports Writer

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Robert Champion scored 19 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute, to help Holy Cross beat Southern University 59-55 Wednesday night for its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1953.

Champion, a junior guard, also hit two key free throws with 14 seconds left to put the game out of reach. He connected on as many 3-pointers as the entire Southern team, which was 3 for 20 from beyond the arc in a sluggish, mistake-filled First Four game.

Holy Cross (15-19) was an unlikely NCAA team, earning its automatic bid by winning four games on the road to in the Patriot League Tournament. The 16th-seeded Crusaders advance to play No. 1 seed Oregon on Friday in Spokane, Washington.

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