Archive for Friday, March 18, 2011

VCU goes long distance to upset Georgetown 74-56

Virginia Commonwealth's Brandon Rozzell, left, drives past Georgetown's Henry Sims in the first half of a second-round NCAA Southwest Regional tournament college basketball game in Chicago, Friday, March 18, 2011.

Virginia Commonwealth's Brandon Rozzell, left, drives past Georgetown's Henry Sims in the first half of a second-round NCAA Southwest Regional tournament college basketball game in Chicago, Friday, March 18, 2011.

March 18, 2011

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— Brandon Rozzell led four players in double figures and VCU made 12 3-pointers to stun Georgetown with a 74-56 win that showed any remaining doubters the Rams do, indeed, belong in the NCAA tournament.

Rozzell tied his career high with six 3-pointers and finished with 26 points, while Joey Rodriguez had 17 points and seven assists. Bradford Burgess and Jamie Skeen added 12 each.

It is the first time the 11th-seeded Rams (25-11) have won more than one game in the NCAA tournament, and they'll now play third-seeded Purdue on Sunday in the Southwest Region. The Boilermakers beat St. Peter's 65-43 earlier Friday.

Not even the return of point guard Chris Wright could help the sixth-seeded Hoyas, who were handed their worst loss in the NCAA tournament since a 24-point drubbing by top-seeded UMass in the 1996 East regional finals. Wright, who broke his left hand Feb. 23 in the second half against Cincinnati, had six points on 3-of-13 shooting and just two assists.

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