Not content simply to author the very first triumph of a # 16 over a # 1 in guys’s play, UMBC made it look simple as they burst a 21-21 tie at the half led by Jarius Lyles.
The 5th year senior led the Retrievers with 28 points on 9-of-11 from the flooring consisting of 3-of-4 from long variety. UMBC struck 54.2% from the field on the night, and was likewise 12-of-24 from beyond the arc in controling the Cavaliers.
Hindsight is naturally 20/20, however Virginia was more prone than many to this type of outcome, even if nobody reasonably anticipated it to take place.
The Cavaliers were 308th from 351 groups in scoring which left them susceptible to one gamer or a group fuming from long variety.
Numerous idea that Virginia evaded a bullet when Iona got a # 15 seed and needed to deal with Duke in the preliminary, however UMBC used a bad shooting and the essential method night from the Cavaliers did the rest.
The Retrievers now proceed to Sunday to deal with the Wildcats of Kansas State who overcame Creighton.
More than one commenter on Twitter kept in mind, obviously, with tongue securely in cheek that a # 16 seed has actually never ever lost to a # 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Barry Brown paced Kansas State with 18 points with Mike McGuirl coming off the bench to include a more 17 in the 69-59 accomplishment.