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NCAA Game Summary - Massachusetts vs. VCU



(Saturday, March 16th)

Final Score: (25) VCU 71, Massachusetts 62

Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - It's a new conference for VCU, but the Rams and their havoc defense continue to produce the same results.

Juvonte Reddic had 18 points and 12 rebounds in No. 25 VCU's 71-62 win over Massachusetts in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

The 2012 CAA tournament champions will now have an opportunity to win the A-10 tourney in their inaugural season in the league if they can knock off Saint Louis in Sunday's championship game.

Troy Daniels added 20 points for the Rams (26-7), who have won five of their last six games.

Chaz Williams netted 18 points to lead UMass (21-11), which beat George Washington and Temple to reach the semifinals.

"It was a great experience," Williams said. "It would've been even better if we could've walked out with a championship."

A pair of Williams free throws pulled the Minutemen within 42-40 with 12:49 left, but VCU countered with a 12-4 run to create some breathing room. Reddic had six points during the surge, which was capped on Melvin Johnson's layup for a 54-44 Rams edge with 10-plus minutes to play.

Later, Maxie Esho split two free throws to get UMass within 65-61 with 1:56 remaining, but with the shot clock running down at the other end, Rob Brandenberg swished a step-back 3-pointer from the left corner to essentially ice the outcome.

"It's a little ironic, because we missed a lot of wide open, easy shots throughout the game," VCU head coach Shaka Smart said. "And that was the play that kind of put it out of reach."

The Minutemen jumped out to a 20-11 margin before VCU fought back to take a 35-34 advantage into the break.

Game Notes

UMass turned the ball over 24 times, while VCU gave the ball away just eight times ... Massachusetts has dropped eight of its last nine contests against ranked opponents since the 2008-09 season ...Cady Lalanne had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Minutemen, while Sampson Carter had eight points and 12 boards ... UMAss held a 50-36 rebounding advantage.

03/16 22:00:38 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
Final
PIT 2
CIN 5
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
Final
WAS 5
ANA 4
Final
TOR 8
BAL 10
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
9th
TAM 4
MIN 4
 
Final
BOS 5
NYY 1
Final
NYM 3
STL 2
Final
MIL 5
SDP 2
 
3rd
LOS 1
PHI 0
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
SAN 92
DAL 113
 
Half
HOU 53
POR 53
 
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
2nd Intermission
DAL 4
ANA 2
 
2nd
CHI 0
STL 0
 
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1