Guy's late free throws put UVA in NCAA title game

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kyle Guy made three free throws after a questionable foul call with 0.6 seconds left, and Virginia survived a frantic rally by Auburn for a 63-62 victory in the national semifinals.

The Tigers had used a 14-0 run in the closing minutes to turn what had been a 10-point deficit into a 61-57 lead with 19.3 seconds left. Guy answered with a 3-pointer to give Virginia a chance, and the Tigers' Jared Harper could only make the front end of a one-and-one with 7.4 seconds left.

Virginia was not yet in the bonus, and Auburn brilliantly used a couple of fouls to whittle time off the clock. The Cavaliers wound up with 1.5 seconds to work and got the ball to Guy, who was bumped by the Tigers' Samir Doughty on a 3-point shot from the corner.

Several members of the Auburn student section were escorted out of U.S. Bank Stadium by police after the Tigers lost.

Guy missed a 3-pointer from the corner and the buzzer sounded, and Auburn players began spilling onto the court to celebrate.

But official James Breeding had whistled a foul on the Tigers' Samir Doughty for bumping into Guy, and that gave one of Virginia's best free-throw shooters a chance to win the game.

In the hours after the game, the NCAA ruled the foul on Doughty with 0.6 seconds left in the first Final Four game against Virginia was the correct call.

National coordinator of officiating J.D. Collins released a statement through the NCAA that said the whistle by Breeding was in accordance with Rule 4, Section 39.i. That states: "Verticality applies to a legal position and also to both the offensive and defensive players. The basic components of the principle of verticality are: The defender may not 'belly up' or use the lower part of the body or arms to cause contact outside his vertical plane or inside the opponent's vertical plane."

- Dave Skretta reporting from Minneapolis.



 
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