Furman University's men's basketball team | Via Instagram

Thirteenth-seeded Furman University upset No. 4 Virginia at the buzzer Thursday in a tournament opener that sends Greenville’s Paladins to the second round of the March Madness NCAA tournament for the first time in decades.

Meanwhile, the highly-touted College of Charleston Cougars had a historic season come to an end when it dropped its opening NCAA game with San Diego State. The Cougars ended the season with 31 wins and four losses.

Furman Coach Bob Richey told reporters the team knew Virginia would be tough.

“It’s an unbelievable moment, and give all glory to God for allowing me to be able to lead it, but this is a day these players just found a way,”  he said.

Furman next plays San Diego State 10 p.m. Saturday in the second round of the tournament.

In other headlines:

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with two parades in Charleston. The Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Hibernian Society’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place at 10 a.m. in downtown Charleston. Meanwhile, Irish pubs and city police prepare for a busy weekend. Check out this week’s cover story of Charleston’s Irish past and present. 

Charleston police urge safety amid increase in pedestrian accidents. Charleston police say they’ve seen a 300% increase in pedestrian deaths, a number that seems high, but according to police, is a difference of three people city-wide. However, they still view the number as too high.

Charleston airport to add curbside bag check, parking deck, hotels. The board that runs Charleston International Airport unanimously approved to hire a Florida-based company to staff three posts outside of the main terminal to collect and tag luggage, expected to start April 1.

Study predicts new jobs, shortages for Charleston area. The 2022 Talent Demand Study projected nearly 36,000 new jobs by the end of 2026, but also suggests a potential shortage in some areas and industries.

West African restaurant to open in Charleston in the spring. A new African restaurant called Bintü Atelier will open in downtown Charleston in the spring where Dos Taqueria and Eastside Bagel previously served on Line Street.

Proposed Charleston Co. schools policy would harm LGBTQ students. A new proposal would ban Charleston County educators from talking with students about sexual orientation or gender. Opponents say it would violate federal laws prohibiting discrimination and send a harmful message to LGBTQ students.

To get dozens of South Carolina news stories every business day, contact the folks at SC Clips.

Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.