March 15, 2013
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Second-seeded and 25th-ranked VCU held off a late Saint Joseph's rally and defeated the 10th-seeded Hawks, 82-79, in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship at the Barclays Center.
Carl Jones led all scorers with 29 points and Langston Galloway added 25 for the Hawks (18-13). Halil Kanacevic added 10 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in the defeat. VCU led by as much as 17 points in the second half, but the Hawks chipped away late in the game, pulling to within 74-69 on a three-pointer by Jones with 51 seconds remaining. The Rams would go 5-for-6 from the foul line in the next 26 seconds to maintain the lead while Galloway and Jones each hit threes to give SJU hope.
A pair of free throws from Jones at :19 pulled SJU within 79-73 and after Darius Theus made one of two for VCU, Galloway connected on another three-pointer at :11 to cut the deficit to 80-76. The Hawks ran out of time, however, as VCU hit a layup at :05. SJU's Papa Ndao banked in a three-pointer as time expired to provide the final margin.
The Hawks outshot the Rams in the second half, hitting 8-for-12 from three point range and converting 17-for-28 from the field.
Saint Joseph's missed eight free throws in the first half and trailed 33-23 at halftime.
But the Hawks outscored the Rams, 12-5, to start the second half. Galloway scored the Hawks' first eight points of the half and then a three-pointer by Jones pulled SJU to within 38-35. Jones and Galloway had combined to score 19 of the Hawks' 20 points to that stretch.
VCU took its biggest lead to that point, 58-43, with 9:52 to play on a 9-0 spurt with a flagrant foul called on Kanacevic and a three by Treveon Graham. The Rams took their largest lead of the game, 64-47, at 8:11, but the Hawks would outscore them, 17-8, to close within 72-64 with 1:06 to play.
SJU took 33 free throws in the game, but were let down by 11 misses, converting just 66.7 percent from the line in the game.
VCU had five players in double figures led by Graham with 17 points.