Lumberjacks pull off 77-75 upset of No. 5 VCU

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The NCAA tournament has a new darling after one of the most improbable finishes in the NCAA tournament’s long bracket-busting history.

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Pulling off a comeback for the ages, feisty Stephen F. Austin became the latest No. 12 seed to pull off an upset, tying the game on Desmond Haymon’s did-that-just-happen four-point play with 3.6 seconds left, and then holding on in overtime for a 77-75 win over Virginia Commonwealth on Friday night.

“Well, miracles truly do happen,” SFA coach Brad Underwood said.

Pretty regularly these days.

It’s been a wild ride in the NCAA tournament already, a two-day run filled with upsets, buzzer-beaters and millions of crumpled brackets across the country. SFA’s victory marked the fifth overtime game during the round of 64, a tournament record.

SFA didn’t have the biggest upset of the opening two rounds - Mercer probably gets the nod there with its win over Duke - but the Lumberjacks certainly had the most jaw-dropping finish.

Here’s how it went down:

The South Region’s No. 5 seed, VCU (23-10) was firmly in control after its swarming defense flustered SFA during a big second-half run.

The scrappy Lumberjacks (32-2) kept hanging around and clawed their way back in the closing seconds.

Two missed free throws by VCU’s Jordan Burgess with 10 seconds left gave SFA a chance.

The Lumberjacks worked the ball around to the wing, where Haymon launched a 3-pointer and was fouled by JeQuan Lewis just before the ball fell through the basket.

“I just tried to get out and contest it,” Lewis said. “(I) jumped to the side a little bit and kind of fell into him. The ref called a foul.”

Haymon still had some work to do, though.

The crowd still buzzing, VCU coach Shaka Smart called a timeout, trying to ice Haymon. The senior didn’t seem to mind, returning to the court to calmly knock the free throw down.

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