UMBC upsets Virginia with historic win while its Twitter account spits fire

The score was tied at 21 entering halftime, and UMBC took the Cavaliers to the woodshed in the second half as they outscored Virginia 53-33.

UMBC's Jairus Lyles battled cramps for the good part of the second half, exiting to get treatment while his team battled to maintain its lead.

This date marked Virginia's 77-72 loss to NAIA team Chaminade over Ralph Sampson and No. 1 ranked Virginia in Honolulu, Hawaii. But that was the regular season.

This came when it mattered the most - in the NCAA Tournament. The home of the Retrievers with a mascot named True Grit; champions of the American East Conference.

With heart, according to coach Ryan Odom.

Virginia shot a dismal 4-22 or 18.2 percent from the three-point line.

Up to this point, Vermont had only lost one conference game in two seasons and was the very last team to lose in league play. But as Saturday continues to roll on, the question of how UMBC was able to do what it did against Virginia will start to give way to another question: How far can the Retrievers take this thing?

With the Cavaliers threatening to open a double-digit lead, UMBC made three consecutive shots from beyond the arc for a 19-16 lead with 3:10 left until intermission.

The Retrievers dominated the Cavaliers jumping out to an early lead, and answered every Virginia run in the second half. I did that in the second half and my shots were falling.

Sherburne scored on an and-one drive and then knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key after a behind-the-back pass from KJ Maura. The Retrievers went on a 17-3 run coming out of the locker room and led by double digits the rest of the way.

It took 20 years for a men's team to match as UMBC knocked off No. 1 Virginia Friday night
It took 20 years for a men's team to match as UMBC knocked off No. 1 Virginia Friday night

Chants of "UMBC" echoed through the arena.

If it weren't for all those monsters to beat - to say nothing of that wonderfully designed, NCAA-created, 68-team piece of art called the bracket - the tournament wouldn't be anything more than an extension of a 5,000-game, 351-team regular season, 99 percent of which flies past mainstream America completely unnoticed.

Until Friday, a No. 16 seed had never defeated a No. 1 seed in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

They'll face No. 9 Kansas State on Sunday with a chance to go to the Sweet 16.

Sometimes, meme makers have it easy - something historic happens, like UMBC beating Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

What does it mean when upsets happen in the NCAA Tournament? "Kansas State won, right?"

MICHIGAN STATE 82, BUCKNELL 78 Miles Bridges outlasted Zach Thomas, scoring 29 points and grabbing nine rebounds to help second-seeded Michigan State hold on.

In 2014, Virginia truly began garnering national respect, claiming the No. 1 seed in the East Region and touching off chatter of the school's first Final Four appearance since 1984 being a real possibility. You are the 1980 US "miracle on ice" Olympic hockey team and the 5,000-1 long shot Leicester City 2015-16 Premier League champions all rolled into one.

Kelan Martin scored 27 points and Kamar Baldwin added 24 to lift 10th-seeded Butler over seventh-seeded Arkansas. The Wolf Pack came back again after trailing by five early in an overtime session that featured 34 combined points.



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