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Virginia gets its first title, 85-77, in OT over Texas Tech

Virginia gets its first title, 85-77, in OT over Texas Tech

Unfortunately for the Raiders, the University of Virginia had the ball.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett credited Hunter for a "great" two-way performance, saying that the guard "saved his best for last" despite struggling to find his shot in the first half. "I just took my time, shot a 3". College basketball OT lasts for five minutes, unless the game is still tied, in which case it goes on for another five minutes. His four 3-pointers were just one shy of his career high set March 4 against Syracuse, and they surpass his tournament high of two which made against both Gardner Webb and Oklahoma in the first and second rounds of the tournament.

The 3-point shooting barrage fueled a 12-2 run to put the Red Raiders up 25-21 with less than 4½ minutes remaining, but the four-point cushion would represent their largest lead of the half.

The bucket tied the game that the Cavaliers went on to win 85-77 in overtime, delivering a resounding response to last season's historic NCAA Tournament flameout. They fell behind by 10 twice in this game - seemingly too much in a matchup between two legendary defenses - but just kept coming back.

Up until this point, Virginia rode the efforts of guards Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome.

Not just one offense, where his 27 points were vital in answering an aggressive Texas Tech team, but on defense, where he did a masterful job on Red Raiders' top scorer Jarrett Culver.

It's time to crown a new NCAA champion!

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It's easy to jump the gun in regard to an NBA Draft prospect like Hunter that had a big game in front of a national audience like in this national title tilt, but he did prove something here. Texas Tech's Davide Moretti got it but had it knocked out of his hands on a steal effort by De'Andre Hunter. Francis had a pair of the 3-pointers for the Red Raiders.

According to Darren Rovell, the guy did hedge, but we are not sure what he went home with.

One of the best defensive teams in the nation was one stop away from a national championship. They got off to a slow start in the first half before taking a lead, which the team surrendered going into halftime; in the second half, they similarly struggled, taking their first lead only in the final moments.

Mahomes played for the Red Raiders for three seasons and posted gaudy numbers.

Those experiences from the moments they've lived through to get to this point are what allowed Virginia to combat lead changes, deficits and instances when games appeared all but lost.

"That's a matchup we wanted", Bennett said.

Hunter missed seven of eight shots from the floor in the first half, but he flipped those results the rest of the game, connecting on seven of his last eight shots.

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