’Hoos ‘Survive and Advance’ – to the Delight of UVA Fans

First-year guard Kihei Clark hit several key shots and fed his teammates some great passes throughout the game. (Photo by Matt Riley, UVA Athletics)

Elite Eight, here they come!

As University of Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett said in the moments afterward, it wasn’t a masterpiece – but the ’Hoos survived and advanced.

Up next: Purdue University.

For fans who couldn’t stay awake for the ’Hoos 53-49 win over Oregon in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 on Thursday night that didn’t end until 12:31 Friday morning, here’s a look back at how the game unfolded – on Twitter.

Former UVA football star Chris Long was able to find humor in the game’s delayed start time. Due to Purdue and the University of Tennessee going into overtime, the ’Hoos – to the frustration of many fans – didn’t tip off until 10:34 p.m.

After a slow start, UVA started to find its groove toward the end of the first half, which led to this gem from the UVA Athletics account following a Mamadi Diakite dunk.

Virginia took a 30-22 lead into halftime.

Early in the second half, Diakite and Oregon’s Ehab Amin became entangled, with Amin taking an exaggerated fall backward.

The game was back-and-forth, with neither team able to pull away.

But a clutch Ty Jerome 3-pointer gave UVA a 48-45 lead with under four minutes to play and UVA’s stingy defense did the rest – to the delight of Wahoo Nation. The celebration was on!

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