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Virginia Commonwealth 71, Massachusetts 62

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Rob Brandenberg hit a huge 3-pointer down the stretch and Virginia Commonwealth had to come up big in the final minutes for the second day in a row to post a 71-62 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday and secure a spot in the Atlantic 10 tournament championship game in New York.

Brandenberg's 3 with time expiring on the shot clock pushed the Rams' lead to 68-61 with 1:21 to play. That proved to be the last basket of the game for either team. VCU (26-7) forced two turnovers and three missed shots in the final minute.

Troy Daniels led the Rams with 20 points and helped VCU overcome a slow start with four first-half 3-pointers. Juvonte Reddic had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Briante Weber added 11 points and Darius Theus 10 off the bench.

Massachusetts (21-11) was paced by 18 points from Chaz Williams, but like other teams this season had all kinds of problems with the VCU defense. The Minutemen turned the ball over 23 times, with Williams and Terrell Vinson each giving it away five times.

VCU, which squeaked out an 82-79 victory over St. Joseph's in Friday's quarterfinals, will face St. Louis in Sunday's championship game. Massachusetts has an outside shot at an NCAA Tournament bid and is a lock for the NIT.
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