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Video: Final seconds and postgame reaction from Coach Smart

You win some, you lose some. Last night we lost one.

VCU got their first real test of the season as the Shockers of Wichita State came to town in a rematch of last season’s NCAA tournament matchup. Unfortunately for VCU and their fans, this happened to be a test we’d all like a retake on.

The Rams struggled in imposing their havoc wreaking system that usually turns turnovers into easy points and hit a paltry 12-of-24 free throw attempts, a 50% clip that proved to be the difference in last night’s 53-51 loss.

VCU had chances late however, as senior Darius Theus nailed a game-tying three that had the sold out home crowd on their feet.

On the following posession, WSU guard Malcolm Armstead nailed a deep two-point jumper with just 3.5 ticks on the clock.

Shaka Smart drew up a beautiful play that VCU executed nearly perfectly on the last play of the game, as Treveon Graham’s pass to halfcourt hit junior Juvonte Reddic, who then drove to the hoop for a layup attempt that just rolled off the rim after being fouled in the act of shooting.

After a game-high 22 points and brilliant offensive performance from Reddic, Ram fans saw his first free throw attempt roll off the rim, icing the game for the Shockers.

Check out the video to see how the final seconds went down, including the semi-controversial non-goal tend call, and post game reaction from Shaka Smart.

VCU v WSU from VCU Ram Nation on Vimeo.

About Mat Shelton-Eide

VCU School of the Arts (BFA '07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. '10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he'd attend games with his father. Worked as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department for the '09-'10 season, but has covered VCU basketball for VCURamNation.com since 2007. mshelton@vcuramnation.com @MatShelton

8 comments

  1. where are the sweet b-roll shots from the first half?

  2. A vieweing of matt’s wedding ring was the high point in the video