Rams lose Senior Night battle at the buzzer to Patriots, 81-80

Justin Tillman recorded his 15th double-double of the season on Senior Night at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. It was his 31st of his career in the Black & Gold.

The senior big man tallied 10pts and 11 rebounds, as VCU fell in the final seconds of tonights matchup against the Patriots of GMU, 81-80.

After starting the game shooting 2-17 from the floor, the Rams found themselves victims to a 15 point deficit.

Mike'l Simms used four three-pointers in the first half—with two of those coming in the final two minutes—to lead the Rams charging back into the competition.

Simms scored a career-high 20 points while shooting 6 of 11 from distance.

VCU used a 14-0 run over the end of the first half and start of the second half.

A a layup by senior Jonathan Williams and a three-pointer by senior Khris Lane gave the Rams there first lead, 46-45, with 18:53 remaining in the second half.

Lane would finish the night with 13 points and 3 rebounds.

Williams ended the night with 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Three free throws by Tillman gave the Rams their largest lead of the night with 11 points and 5:15 left in the game.

But in the final five minutes the game flipped to GMU's favor.

A three pointer by Otis Livingston II with 5:00 left was the start of a 14-5 run by the Patriots to close out the game.

Livingston II scored 10 of his 26 points in the final five minutes. His 26 points tied a game-high with his teammate, Goanar Mar.

Ian Boyd tipped in a missed Livingston II shot with 1 second left in the game to clinch the win for GMU.

This was the third straight game that Ian Boyd has hit a buzzer beater for the Patriots in the last 7 days.

Issac Vann was the only other Ram to record a double digit scoring effort on the night with 18 points while also grabbing 6 rebounds.

The Rams will return to action on Saturday, March 3rd as the travel to the Bronx to take on the Rams of Fordham University for their final game of the regular season. Action is set to tip-off at 2:00pm EST.

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