Graham, Burgess provide heroics as #16 VCU picks up 11th straight win in 63-61 defeat of Saint Louis

The Basics

  • Score: #16 VCU 63, Saint Louis 61
  • Records: VCU (16-3, 6-0 A-10), SLU (9-10, 1-5 A-10)
  • Location: Chaifetz Arena – St. Louis, Mo.
  • The Short Story: Senior Treveon Graham and sophomore Jordan Burgess provided the heroics, scoring five points in the final 20 seconds, to lead the 16th-ranked VCU men's basketball to its 11th straight win, a 63-61 defeat of Saint Louis. Graham drove the length of the court and connected on a layup with :00.8 second remaining to give the Rams the victory. Less than 20 seconds earlier, Burgess hit a 3-pointer from the wing to give VCU a 61-60 lead. Graham finished with a game-high 21 points on 6-of-13 from the field, while also grabbing six rebounds.
How It Happened
  • The two teams traded baskets to start the contest before SLU went on a 10-3 run, capped by back-to-back buckets from Reggie Agbeko to give the Billikens a 16-12 lead with 11:06 to play.
  • HAVOC then reared its head as VCU responded with a 12-0 run in less than two minutes to claim a 24-16 advantage.
  • SLU responded with a 12-2 run of its own to take a 28-26 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the half.
  • From there, the teams traded baskets before heading to the break with a 34-34 tie. The first half featured seven ties and four lead changes.
  • Defense would be the theme in the second half with both teams scoring just nine points each over the first 10 minutes as the score remained tied at 43-34 with 10:09 to play.
  • VCU would score four straight points and grab the lead, which it would hold for the next eight minutes, reaching as high as six after a layup from sophomore Mo Alie-Cox with 4:23 to play.
  • SLU wouldn't go away, chipping away and getting to the charity stripe enough to tie the game at 58 with 1:37 remaining.
  • Austin McBroom connected on a jumper to take a 60-58 lead, but Burgess' 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds remaining gave VCU a 61-60 lead.
  • After Ash Yacoubou hit 1-of-2 from the line, Graham drove the length of the court for the game-winning layup and an 11th straight victory for the Rams.
Beyond the Box Score
  • With two steals on the night, senior Briante Weber moved into sole possession of third place on the NCAA all-time steals chart and now sits at 366 for his career.
  • Graham's 21 points is his fifth 20-plus point performance this year and moved him into fifth-place on VCU's all-time scoring list with 1,660 points.
  • The 11 straight wins is tied for the second-longest winning streak under Coach Smart. The only other one longer came in 2012-13  with 13 consecutive victories.
  • VCU is now 13-0 when holding its opposition under 70 points.
Up Next
  • After 17 days away, VCU finally returns home for a date with George Washington. Game time on CBS Sports Network is set for 7 p.m.