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Basketball fans decry replay call in overtime that aided Virginia in title game

UVA shakes off last year’s loss to 16 seed, wins national championship

A year ago, the Virginia men's basketball team was reeling after a loss to 16 seed UMBC. This year, they're national championship.
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A year ago, the Virginia men's basketball team was reeling after a loss to 16 seed UMBC. This year, they're national championship.

Virginia was holding on to a two-point lead with just over a minute to play in their 85-77 win against Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament when they caught a big break thanks to replay.

The Cavaliers missed a shot while leading 75-73 and the ball was knocked to center court. Texas Tech’s Davide Moretti got the ball but it was pushed out of bounds by De’Andre Hunter.

Texas Tech was looking to get the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead, but the officials looked at the replay and it appeared the ball last touched Moretti’s finger before going out of bounds.

Virginia retained possession and Ty Jerome made two free throws that made it a two-possession game. Texas Tech never again had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead as the Cavaliers won the championship.

Here is the play:

Fans weren’t thrilled with replay being used in that situation:

From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.
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