Triumphant Cavaliers return home to celebrate

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The NCAA Champion UVA Cavaliers returned home to Charlottesville to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters gathered outside John Paul Jones Arena to bask in the school's first NCAA basketball championship.

Charlottesville was in full party mood a day after the UVA Cavaliers defeated Texas Tech in the title game. Supporters, waking up from a night of celebration, flocked to the school's basketball stadium parking lot to give the team a hero's welcome.

While awaiting the team, fans erupted in random cheers while trading stories about how stressed they had been watching the Cavaliers' successful tournament run, which featured come-from-behind victories in the final seconds of several games. Monday's championship game was settled in overtime.

David Toscano, a former Charlottesville mayor and current state delegate, said UVA basketball has helped unite the community in ways few other things can.

"This is a really big event for this region and the city that's been kind of back on their heels," Toscano said.