They waited 21 years, but the last hour was the most excruciating of all.
Cheers erupted Sunday night in the La Salle University student union when fans learned their men's basketball team would compete in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992.
"This is incredible," La Salle senior Sean Hurley said. "This is history."
He was standing at the front of the theater, where at least 150 students and alumni, waving pom-poms and chanting "LSU," had watched the CBS Selection Sunday show on a big-screen TV.
The news they had long dreamed of was delivered in the closing minutes: La Salle would take on Boise State in a tournament play-in game Wednesday. It was the last matchup announced in a field of 68 teams. The stage suddenly filled with revelers, jumping and hugging.