UMBC takes down #1 Virginia

Vinny & Haynie
March 21, 2018 - 12:20 pm

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By Austin Medina

For the first time in the NCAA men’s tournament, a 1-seed lost to a 16-seed. That 16-seed was our very own UMBC Retrievers.

The UMBC men’s basketball team defeated Virginia 74-54 in the first round of March Madness Friday night in Charlotte. As brackets busted across the globe, the upset of the century occurred before our eyes. Virginia was the number one overall seed in the country, having lost just two games in the regular season.

It truly was a tale of two halves as the Retrievers kept the game close in the first half. It was clear that both teams were battling nerves as sloppy play and scoreless runs made up the first half. At halftime, the game was tied at 21-21.

UMBC finished the game on a 53-33 run. A combination of defense and timely three-pointers rattled the experienced Cavaliers. Whatever adjustment was made in the locker room, clearly the Retrievers were ready to make history. There was no answer to the great game plan put in place by head coach Ryan Odom. Jairus Lyles, who is second all-time in scoring at UMBC, poured in 28 points. Leadership, guts, and timely shots led the Retrievers to victory.

The Retrievers beat the Cavaliers in every aspect of the game, as each statistical advantage was more surprising than the next. The Cavaliers connected on 50% of their three-point attempts, knocking down 12 in total. They outrebounded Virginia by 11 rebounds. The feisty defense of the Retrievers held the Cavs to 41% shooting and just five assists.

Everyone from the Virginia coaching staff to fans across the globe to the UMBC Twitter page was rattled. The Twitter page gained more than 100,000 followers from start to finish.

Although the Retrievers would go on to lost to Kansas State Sunday 50-43, the damage had been done and history set. UMBC has completed the biggest upset victory in NCAA history! All the stats show the formula of beating a number one seed in March Madness, which is easier said than done. Simply put, it was the Retrievers night!

To relive the monumental upset, tune in Thursday at 10 a.m. to 105.7 the Fan hear a rebroadcasting of the game. Spoiler alert, our very own UMBC takes down Virginia!