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January 11, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When: Saturday, 2 p.m. Where: Stuart C. Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia. TV/Radio: CBS SportsNetwork/WFIL-AM 560. Records: St. Joseph's (6-7, 0-2 Atlantic 10); VCU (12-3, 2-0). Coaches: St. Joseph's, Phil Martelli (20th season, 368-254), VCU, Shaka Smart (6th season, 149-49). Last meeting: St. Joseph's won, 65-61 in the A-10 championship, March 16, 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. St. Joseph's top three: DeAndre' Bembry (16.1 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 2.8 apg.), Isaiah Miles (10.6 ppg., 5.4 rpg.)
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March 21, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
The question is no longer whether Virginia Commonwealth belongs. Instead, it's: Who can stop the Rams? Bradford Burgess scored 23 points and 11th-seeded VCU made it three victories in 5 days yesterday, routing third-seeded Purdue, 94-76, in Chicago, to earn a trip to the Southwest Regional semifinals. VCU's remarkable run sends the Rams to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. With their fans chanting "VCU, VCU" as the final seconds ticked off the clock, they've now ousted Southern Cal, Georgetown and Purdue since Wednesday night.
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March 25, 2013 | Associated Press
Michigan made Havoc look helpless. Now Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and the rest of the cool-headed Wolverines are part of the school's longest NCAA tournament run in nearly two decades. Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through Virginia Commonwealth's vaunted pressure with a clinical performance, beating the fifth-seeded Rams, 78-53, Saturday in Auburn Hills, Mich., to advance to the regional semifinals for the first time since 1994.
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November 16, 1992 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Two years ago, at 300 pounds, Marc Jackson had trouble scoring five points in a basketball game. Last night, after having made the last of five official visits to colleges with Division I programs, the 6-9, 245-pound center at Roman Catholic signed a letter of intent with Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. "I think about that all the time, how much has happened," Jackson said. "I know I'm not finished, either. My game is not yet complete. I'm going to be a much better player as time goes on. " Jackson, who played for William Penn as a sophomore then transferred to Roman (and lost 50 pounds)
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March 22, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
VIRGINIA Commonwealth basketball coach Shaka Smart on Wednesday ended speculation that he might take the open job at Illinois by announcing that he'll stay with the Rams. The decision by the young coach was cause for celebration among VCU fans and disappointment for their Illini counterparts - Illinois' search for a replacement for fired coach Bruce Weber has begun to resemble the search last year for a new football coach, when the school's top choices reportedly turned down the Illini.
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March 7, 2010 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Virginia Commonwealth, Old Dominion, Northeastern, and William and Mary advanced to the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament yesterday. Brandon Rozzell's three consecutive three-pointers fueled a late VCU spurt, and the Rams went on to topple George Mason 75-60. Larry Sanders had his 12th double-double of the season for the Rams (22-8) with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Pearson led the Patriots (17-14) with 22 points. The Rams face archrival Old Dominion in a semifinal today at 3 p.m. The top-seeded Monarchs (24-8)
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March 19, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Brandon Rozzell led four players in double figures and VCU made 12 three-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 three-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 tomorrow.
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March 11, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writerkernm@phillynews.com
IT CERTAINLY WAS an emphatic closing statement. And it was probably enough to just about ensure that Temple's basketball team, one of many that were still supposedly straddling the dreaded bubble, will be part of the Madness for the sixth consecutive March. Sunday afternoon at a jammed Liacouras Center, the Owls (23-8, 11-5 Atlantic 10) finished the regular season with their seventh straight victory, 84-76 over 21st-ranked Virginia Commonwealth (24-7, 12-4). It gave them the third seed in the conference tourney, which begins Thursday in Brooklyn.
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April 3, 2011 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
HOUSTON - In the end, when you lose there is only the losing that matters and not the winning that came before, however wonderful, however unexpected, however affirming of everything you have preached and believed. Shaka Smart and the Virginia Commonwealth Rams didn't have to be lucky enough to reach the Final Four this season, and that means them no disrespect. Getting this far requires luck, whether it is a first-time trip or a return appearance by an NCAA power. Things have to go right.
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November 19, 2007 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
St. Joseph's defense was able to shear 30 points off Virginia Commonwealth's scoring average in yesterday's nonconference game at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Unfortunately, what little offense the Hawks had vanished in the closing minutes, and the Rams prevailed, 54-47. VCU had averaged 84.5 points in its first two games. Junior Quanitra Hollingsworth, a 6-foot-5 center, led the Rams (3-0) with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Krystal Vaughn, who beat the Hawks (2-1) at the close of last year's meeting in Richmond, Va., added 17 points.
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March 16, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
WHATEVER HAPPENS in the hours just before the NCAA selections are made often gets lost in the national obsession that is our rush to decipher the brackets. What Saint Joseph's did over the weekend in Brooklyn was a reminder of how wonderful basketball can be when played in perfect harmony and could very well be instructive on how the Hawks might play this Friday night in Spokane, Wash., against Cincinnati. Sunday's Atlantic 10 championship game win over VCU was about as aesthetically pleasing a performance as you are likely to see. When St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli was asked if he could remember any of his teams playing better, he first consulted with director of basketball operations Rob Sullivan and said that the only thing that came close was his 2003-04 team's 114-63 win at St. Bonaventure.
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March 15, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK --- Saint Joseph's was picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic 10. So much for projections. Sunday afternoon at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the Hawks won their second conference title in three seasons, 87-74 over Virginia Commonwealth. The Hawks had beaten regular-season champ Dayton in Saturday's semifinals. The Rams (24-10) were your defending champions. They lost to St. Joe's (27-7) in the 2014 final. The Hawks were also seeded fourth that year. Now, they'll wait back at their hotel to see where they're going in the NCAA tourney and who's the next opponent.
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March 15, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Moments. For Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli, that's what holds the most meaning. On Sunday, his Hawks gave him some indelible snapshots. That's how it is when you cut down nets. "The basketball, like that was special," he said in midafternoon, after his team won the Atlantic 10 championship at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, 87-74 over Virginia Commonwealth. "For these guys to go through that . . . it's forever. " Four hours later, back at their hotel, they learned who they're playing next, and where.
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March 1, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
WITH TWO games to go before the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y., Saint Joseph's is tied for first place with Virginia Commonwealth. What else do you really need to compute? The Hawks, who were picked to finish seventh after winning 13 times last season, beat Saint Louis Sunday afternoon at Hagan Arena, 77-63. That makes them 24-5, 13-3 in the conference, their best record through 28 games since the 2003-04 team that reached No. 1 was 27-1. VCU (21-8, 13-3) won Saturday at George Washington.
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February 26, 2016 | By William S. Paxton, For The Inquirer
AMHERST, Mass. - The return home was a much happier one this time for the St. Joseph's men's basketball team. Isaiah Miles scored 20 points and the Hawks moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Ten with a 74-57 victory over UMass Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. The Hawks (23-5, 12-3 A-10) were not in a celebrating mood after losing Saturday night at Davidson - their first blemish away from home this season. But a victory and some help from George Mason, which beat VCU, 76-69, made everything all right again.
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February 11, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
St. Joseph's at George Washington Wednesday, 7 p.m., Charles E Smith Center, Washington   TV/Radio: The Comcast Network/WNTP 990 AM. Records: St. Joseph's, 19-4 overall, 8-2 Atlantic 10; George Washington, 18-5, 7-3. On St. Joseph's: At 8-0, the Hawks have the nation's best road record. GW is 12-1 at home. Overall, the Hawks have won eight of their last nine games after Saturday's 82-60 win at Fordham. On George Washington: The Colonials are coming off their first ever win at first-place VCU, Saturday's 72-69 victory.
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February 9, 2016
VILLANOVA 81, MARQUETTE 60 Alex Louin and Caroline Coyer combined for 53 points as the Wildcats eased past the visiting Golden Eagles in a Big East matchup. Louin shot 10-for-15 (4-for-8 from the arc) en route to 28 points and Coyer was 11-for-18 while scoring 25 for VU (15-9, 8-5), which scored the first 17 points of the game and lead by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter. Katherine Coyer (11 points) was the only other Wildcat in double figures. Natasha Hiedeman scored 15 points and Erika Davenport added 14 for Marquette (11-13, 6-7)
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February 5, 2016 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
WITH THEIR matching white headbands, dark shoes and white socks, Korey Billbury and Jordan Price looked like twins wearing different colors on the floor of Tom Gola Arena. For large portions of the game, wherever Price was on the La Salle offensive end, Billbury stood right with him, making it nearly impossible to get the ball in the hands of La Salle's leading scorer, let alone get him a good look at the basket. Virginia Commonwealth, the top team in the Atlantic 10, knew the best way to beat the Explorers, the league's cellar-dweller: keep the league's second-leading scorer off the scoreboard as much as possible.
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March 22, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
PITTSBURGH - Villanova center Daniel Ochefu was just playing, not really aware of the numbers on the scoreboard. "Their coach called a timeout," Ochefu said, and so he looked up at the board Thursday at the Consol Energy Center, kind of focused in, and was surprised to see Villanova up by "26 or 28," the senior said. "A nice little run. " Villanova takes off on those nice ones so often they almost seem scheduled. It wasn't just Lafayette that fell victim in its NCAA East Regional mismatch.
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February 27, 2015 | By Howard Herman, For The Inquirer
AMHERST, Mass. - The last time Phil Martelli's St. Joseph's Hawks won a road game, they hadn't even unwrapped their Christmas presents. Wednesday night, DeAndre' Bembry gave the Hawks a career-high scoring performance and a big Atlantic Ten win over Massachusetts. Bembry had a career-best 33 points to go with 14 rebounds and four assists as the Hawks (12-15, 6-9 A-10) ended a nine-game road losing streak, and a three-game skid overall, with an 82-71 win over UMass (16-12, 9-6)
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