March Madness: Virginia overcomes Purdue to advance to Final Four
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Apr 01, 2019,
Apr 01, 2019, 1:30
The Virginia Cavaliers defeated Purdue 80-75 in a thrilling overtime game to earn the school's first Final Four berth since 1984. Forty minutes wasn't enough to determine the victor and, while the entire game was full of memorable moments (including an utter explosion from Purdue guard Carsen Edwards), the final seconds of regulation were absolutely riveting. Fitting, too, since Edwards scored the most points (139) through four NCAA Tournament game since 2000; Curry had the previous most with 128 points for Davidson.
Top-seeded Virginia and the No. 3-seeded Purdue Boilermakers will clash Saturday hoping to punch a ticket to Minneapolis and the Final Four.
Virginia Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy (5) drops back to shoot over Purdue Boilermakers guard Ryan Cline (14) during the regional final of 2019 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday. Matt Mooney also hit for 17, including two foul shots with 19.7 seconds left that gave the Red Raiders a four-point lead.
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Edwards had been unstoppable until overtime, and although he connected on a jumper, he missed a late 3 and committed a turnover that ultimately led to Clark's game-sealing foul shots.
Virginia sent the game into overtime with a buzzer beater to end the first half.
The finish of Purdue-Virginia can be seen on TBS.