Virginia downs Texas Tech, 85-77, in overtime classic to win 1st NCAA title

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Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, center, celebrates with guard Ty Jerome, left, after the championship game against Texas Tech in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia won 85-77 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt York)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WNCN) – It took overtime, but Virginia hung on to beat Texas Tech, 85-77, on Monday to win its first NCAA championship in program history.

Jarrett Culver’s layup gave the Red Raiders their first lead of the second half, 66-65, with just 35 seconds left. Norense Odiase’s free throws pushed their lead to 68-65 only for De’Andre Hunter to knock down the 3-pointer that forced overtime. 

Texas Tech, after trailing the entire second half, went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 59-59 with 3:28 left to play. Virginia got back-to-back baskets from Hunter and then Kyle Guy to take a 65-61 lead with 1:45 left, but the Red Raiders immediately responded with a Davide Moretti 3-pointer.

The Red Raiders took a lead early in overtime, but a pair or Mamadi Diakite free throws capped off an 11-0 run for the Cavaliers. They were 12-of-12 at the free-throw line in overtime. 

Virginia had a 32-29 lead at halftime. 

Guy and Hunter combined for 51 points. Ty Jerome also scored in double figures for the Cavaliers.

Brandone Francis, Culver, and Moretti each had 15 for Texas Tech.

The Cavaliers had previously been to two other Final Fours. This was their first appearance in the championship game. This was also Texas Tech’s first appearance in the title game. 

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