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Virginia’s Clutch Win

4/9/2019, 4:40 p.m.
“We have a saying: The most faithful win,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “These guys were so faithful. Obviously we ...
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, guard Ty Jerome (left) and their teammates celebrate after beating Texas Tech Monday for an NCAA college basketball championship. (AP photo)

Virginia’s nail-biting trip through the NCAA Tournament will go down in history as one of the most clutch performances from game-to-game by any championship team.

The Cavaliers’ overtime victory over Texas Tech Monday made them just the sixth title team to win multiple-overtime games in a tournament, and the first since Arizona accomplished the feat in 1997.

They outscored their opponents by a scant combined 45 points, the third-lowest margin of victory by a championship team since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

The only comfortable game was their opening win over No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb, and that came after falling into an early hole. Virginia beat Oklahoma 63-51 in the second round, edged Oregon 53-49 in the regional semifinals and needed a last-second floater to force OT in a win over Purdue.

“We have a saying: The most faithful win,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “These guys were so faithful. Obviously we had some amazing plays.”

Associated Press