VANN SCORES 30, BUT RAMS FALL IN LEGENDS CLASSIC HEARTBREAKER  

Legends Classic Championship Game
Score: St. John's 87, VCU 86 OT
Location: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)
Records: VCU 4-1, St. John's 5-0

The short story: Redshirt junior wing Issac Vann erupted for a career-high 30 points for VCU, but Tournament MVP Shamorie Ponds hit a runner with 4.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give St. John's a hard-fought victory Tuesday in the Legends Classic Championship.

OPENING TIP

  • Ponds scored 25 of his game-high 35 points in the second half and overtime and also supplied seven assists and seven steals for the Red Storm. He was 12-of-15 at the free throw line
  • In addition to his career-high 30 points, which including 10-of-10 shooting from the free throw line and 4-of-7 from 3-point range, Vann booked his third career double-double with 11 rebounds, as well as five assists
  • In all, four Rams scored in double figures, including junior guard De'Riante Jenkins, who buried four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points
  • Junior guards Malik Crowfield and Marcus Evans added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Black and Gold, while sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva contributed six points, 12 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots

THE DIFFERENCE

  • In a game that featured 16 ties and 24 lead changes, Vann gave the Rams an 86-85 advantage when he drove the lane to draw a foul and knocked down a pair from the charity stripe with 10.9 seconds on the clock. But Ponds, who scored nine of the Red Storm's 14 points in overtime drove left of the lane and banked home a running lefty floater from eight feet. VCU's 3-point attempt as time expired was no good
  • Evans scored VCU's first five points in OT, including a 3-pointer with 3:01 remaining, to give the Rams a 78-75 advantage. Evans drove for two more with 1:45 left to push the Rams back in front 80-78, but St. John's would not go away
  • St. John's capitalized on 22 VCU turnovers to the tune of 21 points
  • Crowfield came off the bench to score 11 of his 13 points in the first half as the Rams grabbed a 36-31 lead

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU outrebounded St. John's 45-36 and knocked down a season-high 13 (13-of-34) from beyond the 3-point arc Tuesday
  • The Rams led for 32:42 of the game, but never led by more than eight

NEXT UP
VCU will return home to face former CAA rival Hofstra on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.