This marks the third consecutive comeback for the Cavaliers when they trailed with under 12 seconds left in regulation.
Culver's desperate attempt from the corner was blocked and the game headed to overtime. Hunter, who had just 5 first half points, exploded in the second half and overtime.
"He (Hunter) really showed an aggressiveness that we needed", Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said. This time, Virginia took care of business. They were 12-12 from the line in overtime and iced the game easily. "I felt like I had an open shot so I shot it".
Of course. It wouldn't be March Madness bled into April foolishness without heart-stopping suspense, particularly between two of the best defensive teams in the country, teams which begrudged foes every single basket since season's start in November.
That raised questions of whether replay was being used for what was arguably its originally intended function - to correct obvious errors in officiating with conclusive imagery - and whether it was fair, in this case, to the Red Raiders. So a $100 stake would net winnings of $2,500, (plus your $100 back.) A long-term investment in Texas Tech could prove to be even more profitable, however. Their defenders were swarming, and the Cavaliers struggled on offense, punctuated by a Guy travel. In addition to Hunter's first-half struggles, Culver missed all six of his shots in a half that saw them spend a lot of possessions guarding each other. This was the first one since 2008, when Kansas' Mario Chalmers hit an iconic three-pointer at end of regulation against Memphis. The Cavaliers finish the season 28-0 this year when leading at the half. After a scoring run, the Cavaliers were up 40-31 before Tech's Brandone Francis made a 3 to begin closing the gap again. UVA held off the Red Raiders in the overtime contest led by National Basketball Association prospect De'Andre Hunter who said being crowned a champion has felt surreal.
The first of the two 3-pointers, from the right side with 14 seconds to play in the second half, tied the score at 68-68.
The Cavaliers led 59-53 as Jerome called a timeout with 4:47 to go. Over the next five-plus minutes, Virginia outscored OR 3-0. After trading free throws, Virginia led 65-61.
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Mahomes played for the Red Raiders for three seasons and posted gaudy numbers. Junior guard Ty Jerome could join him in declaring for the draft, though he is considered a fringe first-rounder. Odiase made both foul shots.