March Madness 2023: Furman stuns Virginia on late clutch play for first NCAA Tournament win since 1974



Furman pulled off the first upset of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday when the No. 13 seed Paladins stunned No. 4 seed Virginia 68-67 in a thriller in the South Region. Virginia committed a catastrophic turnover with under 10 seconds left while leading by two. The miscue led to a go-ahead 3-pointer from JP Pegues with 2.2 seconds left.

Virginia’s Reece Beekman got off a shot at the buzzer for UVa, but it ricocheted off the backboard and rim as the Paladins rushed onto the court in celebration.

The win marks Furman’s first in the NCAA Tournament since 1974 as the Paladins are making their first appearance in the Big Dance since 1980. Furman will play either No. 5 seed San Diego State or No. 12 seed Charleston in the second round on Saturday.

The loss marks the latest first-round disappointment for the Cavaliers, who also lost as a No. 4 seed in the first round during the 2021 NCAA Tournament. UVa also became the first No. 1 seed to ever lose against a No. 16 seed in 2018 when it lost to UMBC. UVa went on to win the 2019 national title after that embarrassing defeat but has not won an NCAA Tournament game since. Virginia is now just 3-4 in its last seven games against double-digit seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia took a 50-38 lead with under 12 minutes remaining but went cold from there as it finished the game just 2 for 12 from beyond the arc.

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