MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Virginia has advanced to the Monday’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game by taking advantage of a questionable call by an official.
Kyle Guy sank three free throws with 0.6 seconds left as the Cavaliers survived a frantic rally by Auburn in a 63-62 triumph over the Tigers. The Cavaliers inbounded the ball with 1.5 seconds left and got the ball to Guy, who was bumped by the Tigers’ Samir Doughty on a 3-point shot from the corner.
The buzzer sounded and Auburn thought it had won, but official James Breeding had called a foul and sent Guy to the line.
WATCH: UVA fans react to team’s win from Charlottesville The free throws came after the Tigers used a 14-0 run to erase a 10-point deficit and take a 61-57 lead with 19.3 seconds remaining. Auburn had a chance to go ahead by three with 7.4 seconds to play, but Jared Harper could only make the front end of a one-and-one.
Guy finished with 15 points, while Ty Jerome had team highs of 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists. De’Andre Hunter had 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting for the Cavaliers, who are in the title game for the first time in team history.
Virginia players mobbed Guy on the court and Cavaliers fans celebrated wildly, continuing the yearlong story of their rise from the rubble following their unprecedented 16-vs-1 upset loss to Auburn last season.
Auburn fans, however, were irate.
Auburn assistant coach Steven Pearl ran part of the way across the court after the buzzer, shouting at the officials before departing. The officials soon sprinted off to the tunnel for their exit amid a few obscene gestures and insults hurled their way from the nearby Auburn student section, where shock had given way to fury.
Security staffers even had to eject a few of the most unruly fans.
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