Virginia has become the victim of another upset in March Madness. The Cavaliers lost in dramatic fashion, 68-67, on a last-second shot.
After leading nearly the entire game, Virginia allowed 13-seed Furman to storm back in the second half. The internet is now erupting to the incredible meltdown.
UVA led throughout the first half, hitting the halftime break at 32-27.
That lead built to as much as 12 points with just under 12 minutes remaining. Que the comeback.
The Furman Paladins stormed back, using a 16-4 run to even the score at 54-54. The two teams traded leads over the final minutes, though it appeared that Virginia was going to fend off Furman’s upset bid.
The Cavs led 67-63 with under a minute remaining. Missed free throws and a boneheaded decision in the final seconds cost UVA the victory.
Furman pulled within two, then waited for the Cavaliers to inbound. Rather than foul immediately, the Paladins trapped guard Kihei Clark. Rather than call a timeout, he attempted to heave a pass to the other end of the court.
That decision immediately backfired as a Paladin picked the pass off and dished it up to a teammate. The rest is history.
ARE YOU SERIOUS?! 😨
FURMAN WITH THE STEAL AND 3 TO TAKE THE LEAD WITH 2.2 SECONDS REMAINING #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/fSCNKUzboq
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 16, 2023
Furman drained the go-ahead three pointer then held off a last second Virginia attempt to secure the victory. The internet is going crazy.
Virginia trying to inbound the ball at the end of the game: pic.twitter.com/aYtFZYS0HS
— Pickswise (@Pickswise) March 16, 2023
Virginia game on the line pic.twitter.com/tBJUkxYg9l
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) March 16, 2023
Even Furman players couldn’t believe that Clark attempted the downcourt pass.
Jalen Slawson: “He just freaking threw it!” pic.twitter.com/xMLCWtPMjD
— Brendan Marks (@BrendanRMarks) March 16, 2023
Those that picked the Paladins to advance in their brackets were certainly happy.
everyone who picked Furman to upset Virginia: pic.twitter.com/UwI8UGX4iC
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) March 16, 2023
It’s another epic loss for UVA, who is still the only No. 1 seed to lose to a 16.