Short-handed Rams fall at the buzzer at St. Bonaventure, 73-71

The Basics

  • Score: St. Bonaventure 73, VCU 71
  • Records: VCU (18-5, 8-2), St. Bonaventure (13-8, 6-4)
  • Location: Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
  • The Short Story: Playing without their two senior leaders, the 18th-ranked VCU men's basketball battled til the end, but fell on a buzzer beater by Marcus Posley, which gave St. Bonaventure the 73-71 victory. Freshman Terry Larrier finished with a team-high 15 points, while sophomore JeQuan Lewis added 14 points, six assists and four steals.
How It Happened
  • St. Bonaventure jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead, but the Rams responded and back-to-back buckets from freshman Justin Tillman brought VCU within three, 16-13, with 11:52 to play in the first half.
  • The Bonnies pushed it back to seven, but Larrier and Doug Brooks helped the Rams stay close, eventually heading into the break down just, 32-31.
  • Less than a minute into the second half, Jordan Burgess drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game at 34.
  • The Bonnies responded with a 13-3 run to take a 47-37 lead with 16:33 remaining.
  • VCU responded once again with a 7-0 run of their own, capped off by a 3-pointer from Lewis with 11:38 to play.
  • After SBU pushed their lead back to nine, VCU scored six straight points to make it a three-point game. It would stay a two possession game over the final 8:30.
  • Down four with under two minutes to play, VCU put together defensive stops and two free-throws by Lewis to make it a two-point game. Burgess would drive the lane and get a lay-up to fall with under 20 seconds to play to even the score at 71-71.
  • Posley's heroics came with a running layup as the buzzer sounded. His second buzzer-beater of the week and only two-point field goal of the day.
How It Happened
  • "Credit to St. Bonaventure for playing a great game with a great atmosphere today. It's certainly tough when you lose two central figures on your team like Bri and Tre, but I'm proud of the way our guys battled right to the end." – Head Coach Shaka Smart
  • "We know coming in that playing on the road is going to be tough and when we lose two of our leaders we all have the next man up mindset. We just came up a few plays short today." – sophomore JeQuan Lewis
Beyond the Boxscore
  • 78-percent of the minutes and 85-percent of the scoring for VCU came from underclassmen
  • VCU's bench outscored SBU's bench, 30-10  and the Rams came up with 27 second-chance points, the highest total of the season.
  • Five blocks from sophomore Mo Alie-Cox moved him into ninth-place on VCU's all-time career blocks list with 93.
Up Next
  • VCU returns home on Wednesday evening when they host the Explorers of La Salle. Game time at the Siegel Center is set for 7 p.m.