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Watch Furman’s JP Pegues nail 3-pointer to send UVA packing in first round [VIDEO]

The Paladins shock the Cavaliers to advance to the second round.

The Furman Paladins bench react against Virginia Cavaliers during the second half in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 16, 2023 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images

The No. 13 Furman Paladins shocked the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers with a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left to win 68-67 in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament. JP Pegues drained the three-pointer to help the Paladins reach the second round, the second game to tip on the first day of the tourney. The No. 8 Maryland Terrapins advanced after a win over No. 9 WVU as the first game.

The Paladins will advance to face the winner of No. 5 San Diego State vs. No. 12 Charleston, who played on Thursday at 3:10 p.m. ET on truTV. This isn’t the first time the Virginia Cavaliers have been shocked in the first round of the tournament. Everyone will remember when UVA became the first No. 1 overall seed to lose to a No. 16 seed UMBC back in 2018. The Cavaliers would go on to win a national championship after that in 2019.

UVA had a timeout before the turnover that led to Pegues’ three-pointer. The play was insane. Heaving the ball in the air hoping that the clock runs out is not something you’d expect from a Tony Bennett coached team.

This isn’t as big of an upset as people think. Furman was only a 5.5 point underdog on the spread and was seeing more of the bets. In terms of the ML, more people were on the Cavs at -245 at around 80% on DraftKings Sportsbook. Jalen Slawson scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds for the Paladins.