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NCAA First Four: Holy Cross vs. Southern

DAYTON, Ohio — 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.

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22 of the Holy Cross Crusaders shoots a free-throw against the Southern University Jaguars in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22 of the Holy Cross Crusaders celebrates after they defeated the Southern University Jaguars 59 to 55 during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Rashad Andrews #11
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Rashad Andrews #11 of the Southern University Jaguars shoots against Malachi Alexander #21 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: A Holy Cross
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: A Holy Cross Crusaders cheerleader perfroms against the Southern University Jaguars during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Malachi Alexander #21
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Malachi Alexander #21 of the Holy Cross Crusaders goes up against Jared Sam #12 and Shawn Prudhomme #10 of the Southern University Jaguars in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Anthony Thompson #2
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Anthony Thompson #2 of the Holy Cross Crusaders reacts in the second half against the Southern University Jaguars during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Matt Zignorski #31
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Matt Zignorski #31 of the Holy Cross Crusaders drives against Trelun Banks #3 of the Southern University Jaguars in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22 of the Holy Cross Crusaders drives against Chris Thomas #4 of the Southern University Jaguars in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22 of the Holy Cross Crusaders drives against Chris Thomas #4 of the Southern University Jaguars in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22 of the Holy Cross Crusaders drives against Chris Thomas #4 of the Southern University Jaguars in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Adrian Rodgers #2
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Adrian Rodgers #2 of the Southern University Jaguars drives against the Holy Cross Crusaders in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jehyve Floyd #20
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jehyve Floyd #20 of the Holy Cross Crusaders drives against the Southern University Jaguars in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Holy Cross' Anthony Thompson (2) drives against Southern
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Holy Cross' Anthony Thompson (2) drives against Southern University's Shawn Prudhomme (10) during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Holy Cross' Jehyve Floyd (20) shoots against Southern
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Holy Cross' Jehyve Floyd (20) shoots against Southern University's Trelun Banks (3) during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Southern University coach Roman Banks reacts to a
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Southern University coach Roman Banks reacts to a call during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament against Holy Cross, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Anthony Thompson #2
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Anthony Thompson #2 of the Holy Cross Crusaders goes up against the Southern University Jaguars in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Shawn Prudhomme #10
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Shawn Prudhomme #10 of the Southern University Jaguars shoots against the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Anthony Thompson #2
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Anthony Thompson #2 of the Holy Cross Crusaders rebounds against Jared Sam #12 of the Southern University Jaguars in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Christopher Hyder #0
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Christopher Hyder #0 of the Southern University Jaguars shoots against Malachi Alexander #21 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Christopher Hyder #0
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Christopher Hyder #0 of the Southern University Jaguars shoots against Malachi Alexander #21 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Roman
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Roman Banks of the Southern University Jaguars looks on in the first half against the Holy Cross Crusaders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Roman
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Roman Banks of the Southern University Jaguars looks on in the first half against the Holy Cross Crusaders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Chris Thomas #4
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Chris Thomas #4 of the Southern University Jaguars shoots against Cullen Hamilton #5 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Chris Thomas #4
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Chris Thomas #4 of the Southern University Jaguars shoots against Cullen Hamilton #5 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Anthony Thompson #2
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Anthony Thompson #2 of the Holy Cross Crusaders drives against Christopher Hyder #0 of the Southern University Jaguars in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12 of the Southern University Jaguars goes up against the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12 of the Southern University Jaguars shoots against Karl Charles #1 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Roman
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Roman Banks of the Southern University Jaguars looks on in the first half against the Holy Cross Crusaders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Bill
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Bill Carmody talks to Anthony Thompson #2 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half against the Southern University Jaguars during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Trelun Banks #3
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Trelun Banks #3 of the Southern University Jaguars comes into contact with Karl Charles #1 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12 of the Southern University Jaguars shoots against Matt Husek #42 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12 of the Southern University Jaguars shoots against Matt Husek #42 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Chris Thomas #4
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Chris Thomas #4 of the Southern University Jaguars goes up against Karl Charles #1 and Eric Green #24 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Bill
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Bill Carmody of the Holy Cross Crusaders reacts in the first half against the Southern University Jaguars during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Malachi Alexander #21
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Malachi Alexander #21 of the Holy Cross Crusaders goes up against Chris Thomas #4 and Tony Nunn #50 of the Southern University Jaguars in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Tony Nunn #50
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Tony Nunn #50 of the Southern University Jaguars rebounds against the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12 of the Southern University Jaguars goes up against Malachi Alexander #21 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Roman
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Roman Banks of the Southern University Jaguars looks on in the first half against the Holy Cross Crusaders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22 of the Holy Cross Crusaders goes up against Adrian Rodgers #2 and Jared Sam #12 of the Southern University Jaguars in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22 of the Holy Cross Crusaders celebrates a three pointer in the first half as Adrian Rodgers #2 of the Southern University Jaguars looks on during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Trelun Banks #3
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Trelun Banks #3 of the Southern University Jaguars goes up against Malachi Alexander #21 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Jared Sam #12 of the Southern University Jaguars goes up against Malachi Alexander #21 of the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: The Holy Cross
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: The Holy Cross Crusaders huddle prior to the start of their game against the Southern University Jaguars during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Robert Champion #22 of the Holy Cross Crusaders celebrates a three pointer in the first half as Adrian Rodgers #2 of the Southern University Jaguars looks on during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Holy Cross' Eric Green (24) and Southern University's
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Holy Cross' Eric Green (24) and Southern University's Shawn Prudhomme (10) scramble for a wild pass during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Holy Cross' Robert Champion (22) shoots over Southern
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Holy Cross' Robert Champion (22) shoots over Southern University's Jared Sam (12) as Holy Cross' Eric Green (24) and Southern's Trelun Banks, second from right, and Christopher Hyder, third from right, watch during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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