The day after the end if the NBA Finals, the 2018 national champions from Villanova and the 2019 champs from UVa played to a 62-62 tie in our title game with 5 minutes to play. At that point Nova had led only twice, briefly at 22-20 and 60-58.
Nova's NBA Finals duo of DiVincenzo and Bridges had both been playing with four fouls for a while by then.
Brunson hit a 3-pointer, then Bridges hit two 3-pointers to make it 71-62 Nova with 3:23 to play.
UVa's Hunter finally drew the 5th foul on Bridges seconds later and hit both free throws, and then Guy hit a 3-pointer and Hunter his final basket to finish with a game-high 23 points and pull UVa to 75-69 with 2:20 to play.
However, Crosby-Roundtree came in for Bridges to give Nova a big size advantage along with Paschall and Spellman and they finished out a dominant 38-27 edge on the board and 78-69 win.
It was only the second upset in our 8-team tournament. 5-seed Louisville upset 4-seed Wake Forest 2005 (Chris Paul) by one point, then the better seed won five straight until this game with the 2-seed Nova winning the championship game upset over 1-seed UVA to make the better seed 5-2 for the tournament.
Next blog will be back on our Statis-pro season with Joc Pederson's debut with the Braves.