Even ESPN ... at that time just showing 30 minute SportsCenters ... wasn't sure about what had happened:
People who woke up 25 years ago today saw on their news' sports segments what may be the biggest upset in college basketball history: Chaminade beating Virginia. This was before we had umpteen sports channels and our TVs actually went off the air late at night (remember the flag, the national anthem and then the color bars?).
This was Virginia ... the #1 team in the country who had Ralph Sampson, who was working on his third straight player of the year award. This was Chaminade ... an 800-student NAIA school from Honolulu. Just a week or so before this game, Virginia had just beaten Patrick Ewing's Georgetown squad in the "Game Of The Century". They had just beaten Akeem Olajawon's Houston team in Tokyo ... yes, Tokyo ... with Sampson out sick.
The late Tom Mees was nearing the end of a SportsCenter on ESPN that night and was given a piece of paper with the news of the upset on it, but he balked at reading it.
"We were dumbfounded," Mees told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin at the time. "Nobody had heard of Chaminade then. I asked them to double-check it.
"Usually I would bolt for the door to go home and get some sleep, but that night I went back upstairs and called someone in Honolulu. If I was going to read something this momentous to the country, I wanted to at least make sure I'd been right."
Virginia would go on to lose to eventual NCAA Tournament champion NC State in the Elite 8.
Chaminade would go on to lose to South Carolina-Spartanburg in the NAIA tournament.