Mar 19, 2019; Fairleigh Dickinson Knights head coach Greg Herenda reacts to a play in the first half against the Prairie View A&M Panthers in the First Four of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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On WFAN: Herenda Discusses Fairleigh Dickinson’s Play-In Win, Gonzaga Challenge

March 20, 2019 - 7:20 pm
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By WFAN.com

Fairleigh Dickinson men’s basketball head coach Greg Herenda joined Mike Francesa during Wednesday’s show to discuss the Knights’ first tournament win in school history.

“Nothing comes easy with our basketball program,” Herenda said. “Six years ago, I took it over and the year before, the two years combined – they won a total of like nine or 10 games. So, it’s been a struggle for us to have anything happen easily.”

The Knights defeated Prairie View A&M 82-76 to advance out of the First Four, setting up a meeting with no. 1 seed Gonzaga on Thursday. Guard Darnell Edge scored a career-high 33 points.

“Darnell Edge – if he didn’t have the first-half that he had – we’re down 15 and we can’t come back,” Herenda said.

“He kept you in the game,” Francesa responded.

Fairleigh Dickinson rallied back from 13-point deficits in both halves of Tuesday’s win. Edge went 7-for-9 from beyond the 3-point line.

“They make 15 (three-pointers) on us and we still win,” Herenda said. “It shows the character of our team.”

There was no panic from the Knights, who will next face a humongous challenge against Gonzaga in Salt Lake City. ESPN gives FDU a 0.8 percent chance of pulling off an upset.

Gonzaga is led by Rui Hachimura, who led the Bulldogs with 20.1 points per game. The Bulldogs finished as the WCC regular season champions after a perfect 16-0 in-conference record and 30-3 overall record.

Listen to the entire interview below: