VCU 92, Saint Joseph's 86

The SportsXchange

RICHMOND, Va. -- No. 22 Virginia Commonwealth overcame a four-point deficit with 14 seconds to go in regulation to beat Saint Joseph's 92-86 in overtime Thursday night in Richmond.

The Rams (15-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10), which were ranked in this week's Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since March 12, 1985, extended their winning streak to 12 games. Only Kansas has a longer streak.

Saint Joseph's (9-6, 1-2 Atlantic 10) lost for the second time in three games, with both losses coming to new Atlantic 10 members VCU and Butler.

VCU trailed by four late in regulation, but Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer to pull the Rams down one at 79-78 with 13.8 seconds left. It was Daniels' first 3-pointer after he missed his first seven attempts.

Ronald Roberts then hit 1 of 2 free throws with 11.9 seconds left to put Saint Joseph's up 80-78. Rams point guard Darius Theus went the length of the court to tie the game at 80 with 6.8 seconds left.

After a timeout, Saint Joseph's failed to get a shot off against VCU's pressure to force overtime.

The Rams took control of the overtime as Juvonte Reddic flushed home a feed from Treveon Graham to put VCU ahead for good, 82-80.

After VCU forced a shot clock violation, Graham hit a three and was fouled for a four-point play to put the Rams comfortably ahead 86-80 with 3:28 to go.

Graham led the Rams with 25 points. He had six points and an assist to account for VCU's first eight points of the extra period. Theus had 22 point and 10 assists while Reddic had 15 points and 17 rebounds.

VCU led 51-41 with 14:57 to play, the third time the Rams led by double figures in the second half, but Saint Joseph's would not go away.

The Hawks were led by Galloway's 22 points and Carl Jones' 21.

Saint Joseph's shot 52.3 percent but turned the ball over 19 times compared to just five turnovers for the Rams.

VCU led 38-32 at the break. The Rams' biggest lead of the first half was 26-14, but Saint Joseph's used a 12-2 run to climb back in it.

VCU shot just 2-for-15 from 3-point range before halftime, but the Rams forced Saint Joseph's into eight turnovers while turning the ball over just twice.

Theus had 12 points and four assists in the first half, while Reddic had six points and 10 rebounds.

Galloway had a team-high eight first-half points, while Jones had seven.

NOTES: Thursday's game was the third meeting between the schools and the first since Dec. 4, 1982. The series was tied 1-1. ... Saint Joseph's forward Halil Kanacevic missed his second straight game. He traveled to Montenegro after his uncle died last week. ... VCU extended its sellout streak to 29, which is the fifth-longest active streak in the country.
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