Texas Tech, Virginia heats up towards the end of the first half

2019 March Madness Men's Championship - Texas Tech vs Virginia Cavaliers

MINNESOTA, Minn. (AP) Texas Tech's Brandone Francis is playing inspired for his late friend Nipsey Hussle.

Francis has come off the bench to hit a pair of 3-pointers, packed around another 3 from teammate Kyler Edwards, to help the Red Raiders shake off a poor shooting start against Virginia in the national title game.

Texas Tech shot 0-8 scoring just 3 points in the first 7:22 of the game.

Francis's family was close friends with Hussle, a well-known rapper who was shot and killed outside of his Los Angeles clothing store last Sunday.

The Red Raiders lead most the way late in the first, but Ty Jerome hit a late three to give the Cavaliers the lead going into the break as Virginia closes the first half on an 11-4 run.

You can watch the rest of the game on WYMT.