Virginia Commonwealth overcame a late surge from St. Joseph's to earn an 82-79 victory in an Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal matchup on Friday at the Barclays Center in New York.
The Rams (25-7) led 72-57 with 2:09 to play before an 11-1 run got the Hawks to within five with 53 seconds to play. St. Joseph's would ultimately cut the margin to four on a Langston Galloway three-pointer with 13 seconds to play, but a Briante Weber dunk brought the margin back to six. Papa Ndao hit a three-pointer as time expired for the final margin.
Treveon Graham had 17 points to lead the five VCU players in double figures. Troy Daniels contributed 14, Rob Brandenberg 13, and Melvin Johnson 12. Darius Theus also scored 12 off the bench and made all five of his shots from the floor.
It was a two-man wrecking crew for St. Joseph's (18-13), as Carl Jones led all scorers with 29 and Galloway added 25.
The Rams are playing in their first Atlantic 10 Tournament but made it to the Colonial Athletic Association championship game in two of coach Shaka Smart's three seasons.