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Comeback! Cavs get their title, 85-77 in OT over Texas Tech

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Comeback! Cavs get their title, 85-77 in OT over Texas Tech

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Now that, Virginia, is the way to close out a season.

Led by De’Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, the Cavaliers turned themselves into national champions Monday night, holding off tenacious, ferocious Texas Tech for an 85-77 overtime win — a scintillating victory that came 388 days after a crushing setback that might have sunk a lesser team for years.

But Virginia was better than that.

A season after becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 — the one thing that had never happened in a tournament where anything can — the Cavaliers watched a 10-point lead turn into a 3-point deficit before Hunter came to the rescue. The sophomore made the game-tying 3 with 12.1 seconds left in regulation, then made another with just over two minutes left in the extra period to give the Cavs the lead for good.

    After going scoreless for the first 18 1/2 minutes, Hunter finished with a career-high 27 points, and if he leaves as a lottery pick — well, what a way to go out.

    He helped the Cavs bring home the first NCAA title for a program with a colorful, star-crossed and, now, very winning history.

    Nothing came easily — appropriate given where Virginia has been over the last year, with each of its 35 wins, and each of the team’s scant three losses, all punctuated by the reminder that only the end result would serve as the ultimate report card on whether the Cavs had erased the baggage of last year.

    Hunter’s key 3 gave Virginia a 75-73 lead, and after the teams traded possessions, Tech guard Davide Moretti scrambled after a loose ball heading onto Virginia’s end of the court. It appeared it would be Texas Tech ball, but a replay showed Moretti’s pinkie finger had barely scraped the ball. Virginia got possession, and worked the ball into Ty Jerome, who got fouled and made two free throws.

    Brandone Francis missed a 3 on the other end, and Virginia pulled away — the first time this game felt remotely comfortable, even after Kyle Guy, the free-throw-shooting hero of Saturday night’s win over Auburn, made a 3 to give the Cavs a 10-point lead with 10:22 left in regulation.

    Guy’s not Virginia’s only clutch free-throw shooter, by the way. The Cavs went 12 for 12 from the line in overtime to ice this game.

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    Myreon Jones career night leads Penn State past Georgetown

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    Myreon Jones career night leads Penn State past Georgetown

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Myreon Jones scored a career-high 21 points as Penn State led by as many as 18 in an 81-66 victory over Georgetown Thursday night in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

    Jones scored 14 of the Nittany Lions first 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Penn State (3-0) jumped out to a 25-7 lead after a Myles Dread 3-pointer. Dread finished with 14 points while Lamar Stevens had 14 points and nine rebounds. Jones was 5 for 8 from beyond the arc.

    Penn State shot 13 for 29 on 3-pointers while Georgetown made just four in 13 attempts. The Nittany Lions turned 21 Georgetown turnovers in 20 points.

    Omer Yurtseven had 16 points and 10 rebounds to record his third straight double-double for Georgetown (2-1) after transferring from N.C. State. James Akinjo added 13 points for Georgetown, which never led in the second half.

    Penn State picked up its first win in the last six meetings against Georgetown and got a road win against the Hoyas for the first time since 1972.

    BIG PICTURE

    Penn State: The Nittany Lions passed their first and only true road test before Big Ten play. Penn State will play Mississippi in the NIT Season Tipoff in Brooklyn on Nov. 27 before facing either Syracuse or Oklahoma State two days later.

    Georgetown: Since Patrick Ewing took over in 2017, the Hoyas are just 1-3 against Power Five teams with one more shot at home against longtime-rival Syracuse on Dec. 14.

    UP NEXT

    Penn State: Has the weekend off before returning home to host Bucknell on Tuesday.

    Georgetown: Hosts Georgia State on Sunday for the first time since 1997.

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    Vanderbilt at Richmond: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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    Vanderbilt at Richmond: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

    Richmond got its season off on the right foot with an overtime win against St. Francis but faces some much stiffer competition Thursday night when it plays host to Vanderbilt (2-0) of the SEC.

    The Commodores will play on the road for the first time this season, traveling to Virgnia after outscoring their first two opponents by a combined 23 points.

    You can catch all the action at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.

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    Who: Richmond vs. Vanderbilt

    When: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m. ET

    Where: Robins Center, Richmond, Virginia

    TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington

    Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington

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