For the first time in the men’s basketball program at Virginia, the Cavaliers are NCAA champions One year ago, they were the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Virginia defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 85-77 in Monday’s 2019 NCAA men’s basketball national championship game.
With 12.9 seconds left in regulation, De’Andre Hunter hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 68 and send it to overtime. Hunter stepped up big again in overtime, connecting from long range to put Virginia ahead 75-73 with 2:10 remaining.
From there, Virginia pulled away. Braxton Key sealed the deal with a breakaway two-handed jam.
Hunter led all scorers with 27 points, adding nine rebounds to an excellent all-around effort.
Kyle Guy took home Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player honors. He had 24 points and three rebounds.
Virginia may be again next year having only one senior on the roster, (Jack Salt)