Instant replay helps Virginia beat Texas Tech for national championship

by Leon Thompson April 10, 2019, 0:46
Instant replay helps Virginia beat Texas Tech for national championship

Set to Wednesday in Hawaii this summer, the soon-to-be newlyweds shared a sweet moment following Monday's NCAA championship game, after the Cavaliers topped Texas Tech, 85-77, in overtime.

Kiwi basketballer Jack Salt made history by becoming the first New Zealander to win the NCAA men's college basketball title, as his Virginia beat Texas Tech 85-77. "Being down 14 against Gardner-Webb, and you did not panic in the moment, and you fought, and you found a way out". Hunter's defense dictated Jarrett Culver's success in the national championship while the two went blow for blow in this heavyweight battle. However, guard Kyle Guy - the team's leading scorer - went on to score 6 points, giving the team a 1 point victory against Auburn.

Hunter's late-game resolve embodies the metaphor that is the theme of Virginia's 2018-19 season.

"I just tried to be aggressive", said Hunter. If you have a great game, just continue to stay on that streak.

Jerome scored eight of his 16 points in the second half to accompany his game-high eight assists.

It took 27 points and nine rebounds from Hunter to get his team going even to the point of forcing Texas Tech into overtime. Guy made three foul shots with 0.6 seconds left, and Virginia advanced.

Down by three points in regulation with less than 20 seconds to go, the Cavaliers needed a three to tie the game.

This season, Tech (31-7) shared the Big 12 regular-season championship with Kansas State and became the first team from the conference to reach an NCAA title game since Kansas in 2012.

"I was feeling it all night, hit me right in my pocket", Hunter said.

Nothing came easily - appropriate given where Virginia has been over the last year, with each of its 35 wins, and each of the team's scant three losses, all punctuated by the reminder that only the end result would serve as the ultimate report card on whether the Cavs could truly shed the baggage of last year.

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Despite this, Culver's title game was hard. It did draw us nearer to each other as a team.

However, there certainly was sentiment that the Red Raiders were denied a chance to make the ending of the national title game more hair-raising because of an excessively hairsplitting use of slow-motion video.

The game didn't appear to be headed for a classic as Texas Tech crawled out of the blocks and was down 17-7 after 10 minutes.

With 5:44 left in the South Regional semifinals, OR took a 45-42 lead on Virginia.

Both players are projected by many draft analysts to be possible top-10 selections in the June draft if they leave their respective schools early.

They took a 25-21 lead, their biggest of the night, on a shot from senior guard Matt Mooney.

And here he is cheering on the Red Raiders with a amusing gesture during the contest.

Standing on the floor after the game in the bedlam of U.Va.'s most satisfying men's basketball celebration on record, Jerome basked in a moment he'd waited all his life to experience. "You're never alone in the hills and the valleys we faced in the past year".

"This is just everything you dream as a kid".

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