UN-One and Done For Privateers in NCAA Tourney

The UNO Privateers fell to the Mount Saint Mary's Mountaineers by a single point in a First Four contest in the NCAA basketball tournament in Dayton on Tuesday night.

The final was 67 to 66.

UNO trailed for more than 30 minutes, but rallied from a nine-point deficit early in the second half to battle back and take a 64-63 lead with 1:48 to play.

"I can't be more proud of where our program has come in a short time," UNO Coach Mark Slessinger said. "To be able to go through the adversity we've been through is 100 percent credit to our student-athletes, to their commitment to the university, their commitment to our city and their commitment to each other.

The game was marked by a confrontation involving two UNO players. Junior forward Travin Thibodeaux initiated an altercation with senior guard Christavious Gill after Thibodeaux committed a turnover and began to yell at Gill for not getting him the ball sooner.  Gill shoved him away.

"They got sideways with each other, they got into it and I made the decision to sit Travin the rest of the half," said Slessinger. "I thought it was in the best interest of our team moving forward for the half. It was disappointing."

Thibodeaux did not re-enter the game.

UNO ends the season with a record of 20-12 while Mount Saint Mary's improved to 20-15 and advances to take on top-seeded and defending national champion Villanova on Thursday in Buffalo.

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