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Buscaglia exits coaching in NCAA tournament

The long ride for Sal Buscaglia came to an end on Saturday.

The Hamburg native coached his last game after 38 years of work in women’s college basketball. His Robert Morris team dropped a 101-49 decision to No. 1 Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game was played in Storrs, Conn.

While the result was disappointing, Buscaglia made his exit from his profession with the elite of his field in the tournament. He now will retire after 13 years at Robert Morris and his son, Charlie, will take over the job at the university after serving as an assistant coach with his father for 18 seasons.

The Colonials made the NCAA field on four different occasions under Sal Buscaglia. Before arriving in Pittsburgh, Buscaglia coached at Hilbert, Buffalo and Manhattan. He exits coaching with 711 wins and 15 conference championships.

UConn showed its superiority quickly. After the Huskies took a 3-2 lead in the early going, they took off on a 38-2 run during the rest of the first quarter to lead, 41-4, after 10 minutes. The margin increased to 64-15 at halftime as UConn won its 70th straight game.