Last-second foul lifts Virginia over Auburn; Texas Tech tops Michigan State

Elena Summers
April 7, 2019

Jerome got off to a huge start for Virginia and Auburn started an ice-cold 1-for-11 from three, yet it was the Tigers, once again playing without injured star Chuma Okeke, who would take a three-point lead into the half.

Virginia was not yet in the bonus, and Auburn brilliantly used a couple of fouls to whittle time off the clock.

Auburn had stormed back from 10 down with five minutes to go, and led by two when Samir Doughty was called for a foul as Guy attempted a last-second shot.

The crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium seemed momentarily uncertain about the call, as did CBS play-by-play man Jim Nantz.

Brown fouled Jerome and with 1.5 seconds remaining, Virginia's game-winning sequence, concluding with Guy's free throws, had started.

"I do feel for Auburn", the compassionate coach said after his team's 63-62 last-second win.

- Dave Skretta reporting from Minneapolis. The matchup between the bigs, Xavier Tillman for Michigan State and Tariq Owens for Tech, could be a difference-maker.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson electrified college basketball with an array of thunderous dunks and soaring blocks, occasionally having to tilt his head to avoid hitting it on the backboard. Auburn's Jared Harper then made one of two free throws to restore a two-point lead.

"Their defence is really, really good, force you into tough situations to make plays", said Michigan State points guard Cassius Winston, who had 16 points on 4-of-16 shooting. Auburn's awesome run includes victories over college basketball's winningest three programs: Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky.

Senior guard Matt Mooney led Texas Tech two a two-point edge at halftime after close first half contest in Saturday's second Final Four contest. "Oh boy", Tony Bennett said after the game.

"Coach Izzo's handshake and kind words to me is something I'll never forget in my career", Beard said. Michigan State will look to keep their turnover total down against Texas Tech.

He finished with 15 points and four assists, and he admitted after the game that he was nervous at the free throw line, like just about anyone would be. Before a 12-game turnaround in 1992, Pearl told his players that they would be competing for championships.

"They missed some calls and they made some calls, but like I said, that's why they're reffing the Final Four because they're the best of the best", Doughty said.

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