(Charlotte, NC) – The University of Maryland-Baltimore County has pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history. UMBC routed top overall seed Virginia 74-54 in Charlotte to become the first 16 seed to beat a No. 1. The 25-10 Retrievers blew things open against the 31-3 Cavaliers in the second half after the game was tied after 20 minutes.
Jairus Lyles had a game-high 28 points for UMBC, which takes on ninth-seeded Kansas State on Sunday. The Wildcats posted a 69-59 wire-to-wire win over No. 8 Creighton despite playing without leading scorer Dean Wade. Wade had been expected to play after suffering a stress fracture in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament, but never got on the floor.
Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome netted 15 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who finish the year 31-and-3. Entering this game, number-one seeds were 135-and-0 all-time since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.