AUBURN, Ala. - One second away from playing for a national championship, Auburn instead saw its season end when Virginia's Kyle Guy hit three free throws with .6 seconds on the clock, giving the Cavaliers a 63-62 win.
Guy's 3-pointer with 8 seconds left trimmed Auburn's lead to 61-60.
Jared Harper made one of two free throws to put the Tigers up 62-60.
Samir Doughty was called for a foul on Guy's 3-point attempt in the final second, sending the Cavaliers' star to the line for the winning free throws.
Trailing by 10 with 5:20 left in the game, Auburn scored 14 unanswered points.
Bryce Brown hit three 3-pointers to help turn a 57-47 deficit into a 59-57 lead.
Anfernee McLemore hit a pair of free throws to cap the 14-0 run, giving Auburn a 61-57 with 17.6 seconds left.
McLemore scored nine points and led Auburn with 12 rebounds. Samir Doughty topped the Tigers with 13 points, adding five rebounds.
Brown scored 12 and Harper added 11.
After Virginia began the second half on an 8-0 run to take a 34-28 lead, Jared Harper hit a 3-pointer at the 14:14 mark, Auburn's first basket of the half.
Doughty's layup after an Auburn steal tied the score at 36-36, but the Cavaliers steadily built a 10-point lead before Auburn's rally.
Auburn led 31-28 at the half after outrebounding the Cavaliers 20-14. McLemore (six) and Doughy (four) combined for half of the Tigers' rebounds. They each scored seven in the half to pace the Tigers.
The Tigers trailed 22-17 before closing the half on a 14-6 run. Samir Doughty's corner 3-pointer began Auburn's run. Harper's drive gave Auburn its first lead at 24-22.
Harper drove coast-to-coast for a layup gave Auburn a 3-point lead. After Virginia hit a game-tying 3-pointer, McLemore answered with a 3 with 40 seconds left, restoring the Tigers' lead.
Auburn ends a remarkable season with a 30-10 record, an SEC Tournament championship, and the program's first trip to the Final Four.
Seniors Horace Spencer, Brown, Malik Dunbar and Cole Blackstock concluded their careers.