Virginia wins first national title in OT thriller over Texas Tech, 85-77
It was supposed to be an ugly, defensive battle, one that wouldn’t be watchable.
Instead, it was as good of a national title game as you could possibly want - an overtime thriller that included momentum shifts and tough shots.
And it ended in Virginia getting its first national title in its program’s history with an 85-77 over Texas Tech.
The biggest lead by either team was 10 points - Virginia did it twice - but Texas Tech just got fighting back, taking a 4-point lead with 4:52 to go.
But Virginia has had late-game rallies in it the whole NCAA Tournament, and the Cavaliers had one more - capped off by De’Andre Hunter hitting the game-tying 3-pointer that would eventually send the game to overtime with 14 seconds to go.
Hunter missed his first 7 shots from the field and had just 5 points at the half on 1 of 8 shooting, but he had 20 in the second half and overtime on 7 of 8 shooting, including that game-tying 3-pointer.
His teammate Kyle Guy had 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting, and Ty Jerome had 16 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
Texas Tech entered the game with the top defense in the land, but Virginia shot nearly 46% and nearly 46% from the 3-point line.
Texas Tech shot nearly 43% against Virginia’s stingy defense, and the Red Raiders hit 10 of 30 shots from the 3-point line.
Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech’s leading scorer, had 15 points, but it took him 22 shots to get there and he didn’t make a 3-pointer. He also had a team-high nine rebounds and a team-high five assists.