Daemen College’s Lumsden Gymnasium, home venue for the basketball and volleyball teams, was one of a select number of facilities that served as a practice site for visiting teams as part of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament first and second round games, which were recently played at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center.
Prior to open practice sessions at the KeyBank Center, the men’s basketball teams from West Virginia University and the University of Wisconsin used Lumsden Gymnasium for their practices on March 14 and 15 in preparation for their respective first round games.
“We were thrilled to have Lumsden Gymnasium selected as a practice site, and happy to open our doors to two of college basketball’s finest Division I programs,” said Daemen head men’s basketball coach Mike MacDonald, who coordinated the effort to bring competing teams to campus for practices. “It was even more thrilling to see both teams win their respective games and advance to the Sweet 16.”
WVU, a member of the Big 12 Conference and the No. 4 seed in the West Region, defeated 13th-seeded Bucknell University 86-80 in the opening round before dispatching of fifth-seeded University of Notre Dame 83-71.