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Virginia, Texas Tech headed to NCAA Final Four

Posted: 10:19 AM, Mar 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-31 10:19:31-04
Virginia, Texas Tech headed to NCAA Final Four
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) —

VIRGINIA 80, PURDUE 75 (OT)

Virginia is heading to the Final Four for the first time since 1984.

Kyle Guy had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the top-seeded Cavaliers withstood a brilliant performance from Purdue's Carsen Edwards and beat the third-seeded Boilermakers 80-75 in overtime.

Virginia had forced overtime on a buzzer beater from Mamadi Diakite.

Edwards matched a career-high with 42 points and shot 10 of 19 from 3-point range. He was one shy of the NCAA Tournament record of 11 3-pointers in a game, set by Loyola Marymount's Jeff Fryer against Michigan in 1990.

De'Andre Hunter drove to the basket and hit a layup with 28 seconds left to put Virginia ahead for good at 76-75.

Edwards missed a 3-pointer with nine seconds left, and Kyle Guy hit two free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining. Purdue's hopes for a game-tying 3-pointer ended when Edwards' long pass to Ryan Cline went out of bounds with 2.1 seconds left.

Ty Jerome had 24 points and seven assists for Virginia.

Purdue was seeking its first Final Four appearance since 1980.

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TEXAS TECH 75, GONZAGA 69

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Texas Tech is going to the Final Four for the first time in school history.

Jarrett Culver scored 19 points and the third-seeded Red Raiders produced a suffocating defense in the second half to beat No. 1 seed Gonzaga 75-69 in the West Region final.

Neither team led by more than seven points in a game that featured 11 ties and 15 lead changes.

The Red Raiders led 71-69 with 11 seconds left when Gonzaga's Josh Perkins committed a technical foul by making contact with the ball as Texas Tech's Matt Mooney was out of bounds preparing to throw an inbounds pass. Texas Tech went 4 of 4 on free-throw attempts the rest of the way to seal the victory.

Gonzaga entered the day leading all Division I teams in scoring and field-goal percentage, while Texas Tech ranked second in field-goal percentage defense.

Texas Tech's defense won that matchup, as Gonzaga shot just 36.4 percent overall and 3 of 15 from 3-point range in the second half.

Rui Hachimura scored 22 points for Gonzaga. Brandon Clarke added 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Zags were bidding for their second Final Four berth in three years.

Texas Tech is the first team from the Lone Star State to make a Final Four since Texas got there in 2003.