Seton Hall's win Saturday over Villanova secured a spot for the university in the NCAA tournament and a place in the history books for Derrick Gordon, the first – and so far only – openly gay Division 1 college basketball player.

The 24-year-old Gordon came out in April of 2014 in an ESPN profile while attending the University of Massachusetts.

While at UMass, Gordon helped the Minutemen reach the NCAA tournament, but he was closeted at the time. This year, Gordon becomes the first openly gay player to compete in the NCAA tournament.

Gordon has said that coming out helped him focus on his game.

“All last season, that was something I was always thinking about,” Gordon told the AP last year. “It was always in the back of my mind. This year, everybody knows. So everywhere we went I didn't have to worry about it. It was like what you see is what you get. I am who I am.”

“It just made me forget about that and just concentrate on my game.”

“Anywhere we went, everything was positive,” Gordon added. “I didn't hear anything negative. No one came up to me.”