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Virginia becomes first team in ACC history to go undefeated on the road after a buzzer-beater win

As evident all season, late-game errors hurt Louisville, who now have to secure at least one ACC tourney victory to squeeze into the NCAA tournament.


Kahron Spearman


Virginia freshman guard De'Andre Hunter got up a prayer with 0.9 seconds remaining which banked off the glass as time expired, finishing a thrilling rally from 13 points down, and delivering the AP #1 ranked Cavaliers an unbelievable 67-66 victory Thursday night against upset-minded Louisville.

Hunter was almost the game's goat, after being called for charging with 38 seconds left, leading to a Louisville free throw.

Louisville had the ball at the baseline with 0.9 left, but forward Deng Adel ran the baseline and was called for a travel. With an opportunity to make up for his mistake, Hunter made sure it counted.

I just knew I had to get a shot off quick. The play wasn't originally drawn up for me, but Ty (Jerome) told me to step back and if I had a look to shoot it. That's what I did, and it's my first game-winner ever.

With the win, Virginia (27-2, 16-1)made Atlantic Coast Conference history as the first team to go 9-0 on the road in league play, and the first ACC team with a perfect road league record since Duke went 8-0 in the 2011-12 season.

Once again, series of mental errors at the end of a game plagued Louisville (19-11, 9-8). The Cardinals would have significantly boosted its NCAA Tournament hopes with the win. However, they will have another opportunity in the upcoming ACC tournament.

SOU  RCES