It was Madness in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday after Furman sophomore J.P. Pegues
drilled a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds to play to help his team knock out No. 4 seed Virginia 68-67 in the South Regional.
Pegues received a pass from junior Garrett Hien and shot the long ball from a few feet beyond the arc to send the Paladins to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Three years ago Pegues was in a similar situation at Hillsboro (Nashville, Tenn.)
. Then a junior, his team trailed Northeast 49-48 with a trip to the state tournament on the line.
With 6.3 seconds left, Pegues received the inbound near midcourt, dribbled past a defender and up to the 3-point line for the shot. The ball sailed through the net as the buzzer expired and the home fans flooded the floor in celebration.
Due to the pandemic, the rest of the season was canceled and the Burros never got their chance in the state tournament. Pegues averaged 18 points per game that season and the following year Hillsboro went 9-2 in a shortened campaign.
Pegues was a three-star prospect according to 247Sports and committed to Furman over offers from Belmont and Wofford.