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Guy writes flawless ending in Virginia's title-clinching win

Guy writes flawless ending in Virginia's title-clinching win”

I think what these guys have accomplished this year, Big 12 Championship, Final Four, national championship game ...

Chris Beard said Virginia Coach Tony Bennett texted him this morning to compliment Tech on the way they played the game and how they handled the hard loss in the title game. "A lot of emotion in our locker room right now, and it's real, just guys that care about the guy next to them", Beard said. A few months back, the Virginia Cavaliers star forward De'Andre Hunter might not be considered a legitimate threat to crack the top five picks in the 2019 NBA Draft.

He spoke with media on Tuesday afternoon and revealed a text he received from Virginia head coach Tony Bennett.

"We embraced it. We didn't run away from it", Hunter said.

After sending the game to overtime with a huge three from De'Andre Hunter, Virginia, who were down three in overtime, continued to fight.

The Red Raiders found some momentum. "The Red Raiders went on to upset the Aggies, and we just kind of kept on doing it before games after that".

The ACC defensive player of the year also added nine rebounds, second on the team behind Braxton Key's 10. "I'm just so proud to be these guys' coach". But Hunter got open on the baseline for a game-tying jumper with 14 seconds left. "Just throw the ball in the air".

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Both teams were among the best defensive squads in the country this season, which is why the over/under for the game was just 118 points.

A season after becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 - the one thing that had never happened in a tournament where anything can - the Cavaliers watched a 10-point lead turn into a 3-point deficit before Hunter came to the rescue.

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So too did Hunter in the second half against the Red Raiders, who sent waves of defenders at him but mostly to no avail. We knew we were going to bounce back from previous year.

Hunter's scoring came from all over Virginia's offensive zone, from getting into the paint area for layups and drawing fouls to get to the line as well as from beyond the three-point arc.

The Cavaliers (35-3) got clutch performances from Hunter (27 points) and junior Kyle Guy (24 points), hitting the shots that didn't fall for Tech opponents such as Michigan, Gonzaga and Michigan State in the tournament.

But with the game tied at 68, Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver had his shot blocked at the end of regulation, forcing overtime. "We achieved our dreams".



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