Virginia may have benefited from a mistaken foul call in its win over Texas Tech in the national championship game Monday.
The Red Raiders were called for a foul after Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy went down while dribbling toward the basket with three minutes remaining in extra time.
Guy, however, may have tripped over his own teammate, Mamadi Diakite, and not a Red Raiders’ defender.
While you’re watching Virginia celebrate, take a look at this play. Texas Tech is up 3 in overtime, Kyle Guy trips on his own teammate and a foul is called on Texas Tech. Congrats to the Cavs but they had the zebras in their pocket all the way to the end. Wow pic.twitter.com/it17ANiRTI
— Jon Linder (@LinderShowMiami) April 9, 2019
Guy preceded to make a pair of shots from the foul line to make the score 73-72. Those two free throws started an 11-0 run for Virginia, which helped it secure the first championship in program history.
The Cavaliers seemed as if they were heading for a victory in regulation as they led by as many as 10 points with a little more than 10 minutes to play. The Red Raiders, however, sliced the deficit over the next nine minutes and took a lead on a layup by Jarrett Culver.
Norense Odiase pushed Texas Tech’s advantage to three with two free throws before De’Andre Hunter knocked down a clutch 3-pointer to make the score 68-68.
The Cavaliers turned the ball over in the final moments but avoided disaster when Culver’s last-second shot was blocked.
Guy finished with 24 points while Hunter added a game-high 27.