Hunter's pair of 3-point shots rescued the Cavaliers after a 10-point lead with 10:24 in regulation time had slipped away. The teams were tied 68-68 going into overtime. The sophomore forward finished with 27 points and seven rebounds in the win. Bet on Texas Tech to win the game straight up, then you have a winning wager to cash should the Red Raiders cut down the nets.
Head coach Chris Beard will be putting his team full of defensive stalwarts and talented sharpshooters against an equally-skilled defensive and shooting team from the University of Virginia.
The team then went on to face No. 12 seed OR in the Sweet 16, winning the game 53-49, before triumphing over No. 3 seed Purdue in an Elite Eight game that ended in an 80-75 overtime victory. But soon, time will give the Spartans perspective on what they have accomplished and what a special team they were. "I was aggressive in the first half, but the shots weren't falling". He bounced back in a big way after grinding the entire season with one goal in mind.
This was the 5th overtime game of this year's NCAA tournament and the first in the final game since Kansas beat Memphis in 2008. That assist-to-turnover margin isn't great, so look for Virginia to try to exploit bad decisions made by Texas Tech in their half-court sets. Clark - him again - answered with a tying 3-pointer. But three years can make a lot of difference.
Virginia started the second half off hot.
It was Hunter's 3-point basket from the right corner with 2:09 that regained the lead for Virginia.
The Cavaliers led 59-53 as Jerome called a timeout with 4:47 to go.
Several fans in the Texas Tech student section were wearing No. 15 Chiefs jerseys with Mahomes' name on the back.
Ty Jerome then hit two free throws for a 77-73 edge with 41.5 seconds left.
The Red Raiders hold Virginia under 60 points (the Cavaliers average 71.1 points per game).
After Texas Tech fell behind 9-3 and called timeout with 12:56 left in the first half, Mahomes woke up the Red Raiders fans by flexing a bicep. He made both, putting the Red Raiders up three. "We had won some ACC championships, we've been to the Elite Eight". We knew we were going to bounce back from past year.
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It's why Guy has his flawless ending a year after a humiliating loss, with a piece of clipped net stuck in his hat and standing as most outstanding player of the Final Four.
It was just one way the UMBC question had dogged Guy and the Cavaliers.
"In terms of our players, I've never been more proud of a team that I've coached. But being down 14 against Gardner-Webb, and you did not panic in that moment, and you fought, and you found a way out, '" Bennett said.
"You have a scar, and it reminds you of that, but it's a memory, " Bennett said. "That's why I did what I did at the end", he said. "It's a great story".