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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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April 5, 1996 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Bishop Eustace senior Blaine Neal has made an oral commitment to play baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University. A first-team Olympic Conference National Division selection last season, Neal said that VCU offered him a full scholarship, and that he accepted on Monday. According to NCAA rules, a recruit can't sign an official baseball letter of intent until Wednesday. Neal is playing first base this season and also played the outfield last year. He said VCU told him he could play either position in college.
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March 20, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
AS DEANDRÉ BEMBRY seized the inbounds pass, he felt the left arm of Treveon Graham all over his left shoulder. A spin to his right and a mere dribble shed the VCU standout and presented Bembry an avenue to the rim. The 6-6, 250-pound Mo Alie-Cox slid 10 feet to his left and leapt, but all it got him was on the unfortunate side of a vicious dunk. Sitting in the 11th row of Section 105 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, Chris Chavannes saw the play develop. He had, after all, witnessed plays like it so many times before, in games, practices and open gym sessions.
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March 20, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERYBODY AGREED that the 2012-13 season was going to be the best ever for the Atlantic 10. With recent Final Four participants VCU and Butler new to the conference and the tournament moving to the just-opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the league was poised to become even more of a national factor. When five teams (Saint Louis, VCU, Butler, Temple and La Salle) ended up in the NCAA Tournament, it was obvious that everybody was right. It was a great season for the league. Still, even as La Salle was set to play in the Sweet 16 as the final A-10 team alive, the storm clouds hovered over the league.
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March 18, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - With 11 seconds left on the shot clock and the offense briefly stalled, Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli called a 30-second timeout. Two minutes and 32 seconds remained, a back-and-forth game once again tied. Out of the break, Langston Galloway received the ball. And just like he had done 2 days earlier against Dayton, the sharp-shooting senior delivered. Galloway sank another clutch three-pointer, his fifth of yesterday's game, to spark a late run that propelled St. Joe's to its first Atlantic 10 Tournament championship since 1997 and the third in program history.
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March 18, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Before the Atlantic 10 tournament, it was believed that St. Joseph's needed at least one win to keep its hopes for a bid to the NCAA tournament alive. The Hawks went a number of gigantic steps better. With all five starters playing 37 or more minutes Sunday, St. Joseph's defeated Virginia Commonwealth, 65-61, to win the Atlantic 10 championship at the Barclays Center. The Hawks (24-9) earned the NCAA tournament automatic bid in winning their first A-10 title since 1997.
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February 11, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
FOR THE second consecutive Saturday, Saint Joseph's had an Atlantic 10 opponent in its gym that possessed a better record. Just like the week before against Massachusetts, SJU got control of the game in the second half, almost let it get away and then won in the final moments. This time, it was St. Joe's 69, VCU 62, a win that could resonate on Selection Sunday if the Hawks keep winning from here to the finish line. SJU (16-7, 6-3 A-10) led the last 32 minutes of the game and seemed home when it led 63-50 with 6 minutes left.
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February 10, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Langston Galloway and DeAndre' Bembry snapped out of recent slumps, and that provided St. Joseph's with one of its most important basketball wins of the season. With Galloway scoring 24 points and Bembry adding 18, the Hawks defeated Virginia Commonwealth, 69-62, in an Atlantic Ten matchup Saturday night at Hagan Arena. After losing to A-10 leader St. Louis on Wednesday, St. Joseph's knew it had little margin for error in terms of NCAA tournament consideration The Hawks are 16-7 and 6-3 in the A-10.
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February 9, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
As if the NCAA tournament bubble didn't provide enough pressure, St. Joseph's will host a defense that thrives off of it this weekend. Virginia Commonwealth, who brings its high-pressure "havoc" defense to Hagan Arena for the first time Saturday at 8 p.m., leads the country in steals per game (11.8) and turnover margin (7.2). "I'm infatuated with styles," said St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli. "If you call it the way it is, Syracuse plays zone, and then everyone else in the country does the same thing.
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February 4, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
IN LATE JANUARY last year, La Salle was 12-5 and not really in the NCAA conversation. The Explorers promptly beat Butler at home and then won at VCU on the way to winning nine of 11 and pushing right into the at-large pool. Saint Joseph's is in exactly the same position in early February. The Hawks were 14-6 heading into Saturday's home game with Massachusetts. Like La Salle last year, SJU is looking at opportunity over 8 days, all at home, with games this week against the Atlantic 10's best, Saint Louis and VCU. The Hawks got the first part of the trifecta, but definitely made it harder than it should have been.
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February 3, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
St. Joseph's Erin Shields (Archbishop Carroll) had a season-best 27 points as the Hawks avenged an early-season loss to VCU with a 70-51 victory over the Rams Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena. Natasha Cloud (Cardinal O'Hara) scored 12 points and had a game-high nine rebounds to go with five assists and three steals. Trailing by four at halftime, the Hawks (17-5, 6-3 Atlantic Ten) dominated the second half as they outscored the Rams, 41-18. VCU fell to 17-5, 5-4. Cabrini 58, Marywood 48 - The Cavaliers held the Pacers to two points over the final 8:19 to improve to 16-4 (10-1 CSAC)
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January 28, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
VILLANOVA WENT to Marquette on Saturday and it was like the Creighton game never happened. The Wildcats played like they had been playing all season, led the entire game, got tied in the final 5 seconds of regulation, were denied a game-winning layup at the buzzer on a badly missed call and then won the game all over again in overtime. Villanova won, 94-85, but that was just part of the story. Three 'Nova players - James Bell (career-best 30), Darrun Hilliard (20) and Ryan Arcidiacono (20)
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