After beating Davidson handily on Saturday, the Rams advanced to the Atlantic 10 finals on Sunday afternoon to face St Joseph’s. While both teams are looking good for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, the winner leaves nothing to chance. Unfortunately, VCU will have to wait until until Sunday evening to hear their name called as the Hawks would win the Atlantic 10 Final, 87-74.
St Joseph’s game plan was simple, stop senior Melvin Johnson. The Hawks contained VCU’s leading scorer limiting him to just 5 points on the afternoon.
VCU shot better than they did on Friday against UMASS but couldn’t match what they were able to do against Davidson in the semifinals. The Rams shot just 41.2% (28-68) and struggled again from behind the arc, hitting just 7 of 29.
Junior Jequan Lewis and Senior Korey Billbury both led VCU in scoring with 19 points each. Lewis also had 7 assists and just 2 turnovers.
Senior Mo Alie-Cox and and Junior Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed both chipped in 8 points each. Both also grabbed 3 rebounds.
Billbury received Atlantic 10 Tournament first team honors.
VCU will await CBS’ Selection Sunday Special to see if/where the Rams end up in the NCAA tournament.