Tourney Run Ends, Memories Remain

Opinion by Justin Rimpi Former Equinox Sports Editor (Class of 2020)

Fairleigh Dickinson ended its magical run in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Sunday night, falling 78-70 to No. 9 seed Florida Atlantic.

Throughout the second half, I was hoping FDU would be able to shock the world one more time, but FAU seemingly had an answer all night long. FDU sputtered late in the second half, and FAU took full advantage.

Even though I am disappointed in Sunday night’s result, as an FDU alumn, seeing FDU celebrated on the national stage is not something I will soon forget.

Hearing the crowd in Columbus, Ohio, trying to spur the Knights to victory is not something I could have ever imagined.

In all, this week of games in Ohio has brought me closer to the university for which I have such love

The future under head coach Tobin Anderson is bright, and I cannot wait for tipoff next season.

The eyes of the nation will be on this small private school on the banks of the Hackensack River.

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Justin Rimpi started as a sports writer and then rose to sports editor and managing editor for The Equinox (2017-2020), graduating in May 2020. He works as a games producer for Stakes, a mobile gaming app based in New York City.

Rashard Mills, FDU director of student union and campus engagement, fires up the crowd at Sunday night’s watch party for the NCAA Division 1 tourney matchup between FDU and Florida Atlantic at the Stratis Arena in the Rothman Center.