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Released Friday, March 16, 2018|8:40 p.m.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Jairus Lyles could not reduce a smile, knowing that a school known more for chess than hoops had actually lastly made it occur– a 16 ousting a 1 in March Insanity.
The University of Maryland-Baltimore County stunned the sports world by managing the most stunning upset in college basketball history, hammering Virginia 74-54 on Friday night to end up being the very first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed in the men’s NCAA Competition.
UMBC secured its underdog tradition in sports tradition, alongside Buster Douglas, the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team, Appalachian State football and Joe Namath’s Jets.
Virginia got in the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 total seed after going 31-2 in the regular season, including 20-1 in ACC competition.
The question wasn’t whether they would win this game, but if they would get to the Last 4 and win everything.
But UMBC– a team most dipped into when completing their brackets– didn’t just beat Virginia, it dominated throughout the second half, dismantling the 20 1/2- point favorites by 20 points in the other direction. To put things in viewpoint, UMBC scored 53 points in the 2nd half– one shy of the number of Virginia scored in the entire video game.
In a chaotic UMBC locker space after the game, gamers shouted: “All brackets gone! No best brackets! Put that in the news!”
Lyles scored 23 of his 28 points in the 2nd half and the Retrievers cruised to an easy triumph before racing off the floor together in their yellow-and-black uniforms, fingers pointed towards the ceiling.
” These are the minutes that you dream of,” Lyles stated. “It’s always interesting to make history.”
Chaminade’s 77-72 stunner over Ralph Sampson and then No. 1-ranked Cavaliers in 1982 in Hawaii was usually considered the most remarkable upset in college basketball. But that was the regular season.
This came when it mattered the most– in the NCAA Tournament.
No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament were 135-0.
” Incredible– it’s truly all you can say,” UMBC coach Ryan Odom said.
The Cavaliers could not get anything produced on offense and the nation’s top-ranked defense couldn’t contain the American East Conference champions who won their conference tournament at the buzzer.
The 74 points were the most Virginia had actually enabled this year. And they played teams like Duke and North Carolina. Virginia had actually permitted simply 54.3 points per video game this season, the least in the country.
UMBC shot 67.9 percent from the field in the second half and held Virginia to 42 percent after intermission.
” We got completely outplayed and that’s the truth of it,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett stated.
Lyles was the catalyst.
He diced up Virginia’s defense in the 2nd half, getting to the hole quickly and facilitating layups. He likewise knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as UMBC built a 16-point lead.
” I always let him play,” Odom said. “I never ever hold him back. When he starts like that if breeds self-confidence in other guys.”
The game was connected at halftime, however the Retrievers came out positive and motivated in the second half and developed a double-digit lead that Virginia might never erase.
Joe Sherburne, who had 14 points, was huge early in the second half and made followers out of everybody. He scored on an and-1 drive and then tore down a 3-pointer from the top of the secret after a behind-the-back pass from KJ Maura. After Virginia made a nasty shot, the shifty 5-foot-8, 140-pound Maura drove the lane for uncontested layup.
A Tony Bennett timeout could not stop the bleeding, as Lyles struck two more 3’s and Sherburne struck another to extend UMBC’s result in 14 with about 15 minutes left.
Arkel Lamer made a 3-pointer from the corner with 3 1/2 minutes left to put UMBC up by 17, then backpedaled down the court with his tongue hanging out. You knew history was coming.
Chants of “UMBC” echoed through the arena.
” We all wanted to be in the ‘One Shining Moment’ video,” Sherburne stated.
It was yet another early exit for the Cavaliers in a season that appeared to hold so much guarantee. This was the fourth time in the last five seasons the Cavaliers have been either the No. 1 or 2 seed, but cannot reach the Final Four under Bennett.
Bennett stated the Cavaliers had a historical season and then “a historical loss. That’s life.”
Rather of aiming to chip away at the lead and pound the ball inside versus the smaller sized Retrievers, Virginia consistently shot 3-pointers. Virginia missed 13 of its first 14 before getting hot for a short stretch late in the game.
” As soon as we came down 8 or 10 we aimed to make crowning achievement plays,” Virginia’s Kyle Man stated.
YES IT TOOK PLACE:
Virginia’s Ty Jerome, who had 15 points together with Man, was asked if he knew a No. 16 seed had actually never won in the NCAA Competition.
” I think everybody is aware of that,” Jerome said. “Thanks for bringing that up once again, but I understood it.”
In 1998, the No. 16 seed Harvard women beat top-seeded Stanford on the Cardinal’s home flooring.
UMBC: Will deal with No. 9 seed Kansas State on Sunday in the 2nd round.