No. 13 Yale upsets No. 4 Auburn in dramatic final moments behind John Poulakidas’ 28 points

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Yale caught fire at the perfect time. Led by junior guard John Poulakidas with a career-high 28 points, the scrappy Bulldogs upset the No. 4 Auburn Tigers 78-76 as the No. 13 seed in the first round of the men’s NCAA Tournament on Friday.

“It wasn’t a one-man show tonight,” said Poulakidas, whose clutch 3-pointer gave Yale a 73-72 lead with just over two minutes remaining.

From there, the Bulldogs kept the pressure on despite a back-and-forth ending that saw the Tigers with a late chance to tie the game. Auburn’s Tre Donaldson drew a foul and went to the line with 6.1 seconds on the clock, but missed his free throws. The Tigers threw up another late attempt but couldn’t finish it despite multiple offensive rebounds in the last seconds.

Yale will face No. 5 San Diego State in the second round on Sunday after the Aztecs advanced following a 69-65 win over UAB.

This will be updated.

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