Photos: Virginia beats Purdue to advance to first Final Four in 35 years

Posted at 11:11 PM, Mar 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 11:46:39-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Final Four, finally! Virginia is headed to its first Final Four since 1984 after beating Purdue in the Elite Eight, 80-75 in overtime.

Mamadi Diakite made a floater at the end of regulation to tie the game and sent it to the extra period.

Kyle Guy broke out of his tournament cold spell with a 25 point, 10 rebound double-double to lead the Cavaliers. Backcourt mate Ty Jerome scored 24 points, while adding seven assists and five rebounds.

"I made up my mind, you've got to be ready, last shot," said Diakite. "I let it go, it went in. From there, everyone was pumped up and everyone was ready to play defense again."

After the final buzzer, there was nothing but pure emotion from the players. "I've never been this high before," Jerome said. "Before I think about anything else, I'm just going to enjoy the crap out of this tonight."

The Cavaliers trailed 30-29 at halftime but used an 8-2 run to open the second half to get ahead.

This will be the third time in program history that UVA is headed to the Final Four. Besides 1984, the 'Hoos went in 1981 as well.

Virginia, who notched a program-record 33rd win on the season tonight, is still seeking its first national title.