MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yes, Virginia, there is a national championship.
The Cavaliers have claimed the NCAA men’s basketball title by outlasting Texas Tech, 85-77 in overtime. It’s the first national championship in men’s hoops for the Cavaliers and comes one year after they became the first team to lose to a No. 16 seed in the tournament.
Virginia blew a 10-point lead midway through the first half and again late in the second before preventing the Red Raiders from earning their first title.
De’Andre Hunter led the charge for the Cavaliers, finishing with 27 points despite going scoreless in the first 18 1/2 minutes. The sophomore made the game-tying 3 with 12.1 seconds left in regulation, then nailed another with 2:07 left in the extra period to give the Cavs the lead for good.
Kyle Guy scored 14 of his 24 points after halftime, while Ty Jerome finished with 16. They also helped the Cavaliers shoot 12-for-12 from the line in overtime.
Brandone Francis led the Red Raiders with 17 points, two more than Jarrett Culver and Davide Moretti.