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MINNEAPOLIS — With six points in the final seven seconds, Kyle Guy got the headlines Saturday for punching Virginia’s ticket to its first national championship game in program history.
However, it was Ty Jerome and De’Andre Hunter who were the architects of the Cavaliers’ latest second-half comeback and both proved once again why they’re seen as potential first-round NBA draft picks.
For the fifth time in the past seven games, Virginia was behind at halftime. Auburn went into the locker room with a 31-28 lead, but Hunter quickly made that evaporate.
In the span of less than two minutes, he made a nice baseline move to bring the Cavaliers within one, earned a pair of free throws (both of which he missed) and spun away from a defender and got a floater to drop to put UVa up, 32-31.
Hunter scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half, and he finished with five rebounds and two blocked shots. Former Virginia player Damin Altizer understands why many see Hunter as a top-10 pick.