Virginia fans turn out to celebrate NCAA hoops title

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Thousands of fans turned out Saturday to celebrate Virginia's first national championship in basketball.

The crowd filled one side of Scott Stadium five days after the Cavaliers beat Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime to win the title.

"This is more than we expected," coach Tony Bennett said of the crowd after he and the team emerged from a tunnel to wild cheering.

Bennett compared the celebration Clemson's national champion football team during a visit for a basketball game. He said he wondered if he'd ever see the same thing at Virginia.

"That day is now," he yelled, pumping his fist in the air.

The Cavaliers "are part of one of the greatest stories that I've ever seen written and it will be told over and over again."