The No. 13 Furman Paladins held on to beat the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers after a UVA comeback attempt, nailing a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left in the game to pull ahead by one point and win, 68-67. The Paladins pulled ahead after being down by as much as 12 points in the second half, tying it up with under six minutes to go and taking the lead.
OH MY GOD FURMAN pic.twitter.com/8ZZ0pXHj0H— Tag The Roll (@TagTheRoll) March 16, 2023
Furman has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 1980. They nearly blew their lead, falling behind with less than two minutes left in the game. They went on a cold shooting streak in the final two minutes of the game and were down by four before grabbing a free throw, a steal, and one perfect shot from the perimeter.
Jalen Slawson led the Paladins with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcus Foster added 14 of his own. JP Pegues made the game-winner. Furman will play the winner of San Diego State-Charleston in the second round.