JP Pegues made a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining, and No. 13 seed Furman completed a rally from a 12-point second-half deficit to hand fourth-seeded Virginia another first-round NCAA Tournament loss, 68-67 on Thursday.
Making their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 43 years, the Paladins (28-7) advanced to the second round in the South Region, where they will play either San Diego State or Charleston on Saturday.
Kihei Clark, who starred as a freshman on Virginia’s 2019 national title-winning team, threw a bad pass that Garrett Hein intercepted at midcourt with 7 seconds to go, setting up Pegues’ go-ahead basket.
FURMAN GRABS THE UPSET 😱
(13) Furman STUNS (4) Virginia 68-67 to win its opening game of the NCAA Tournament 😳 pic.twitter.com/kYXxSB5557
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 16, 2023
THE PALADINS ADVANCE ‼️
NO. 13 FURMAN UPSETS NO. 4 VIRGINIA 👏 pic.twitter.com/jnFdMsjHaE
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 16, 2023