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Men's Hoops Falls To VCU, 58-54, In CAA Quarterfinals

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Release: March 02, 2002
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March 2, 2002

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - L.F. Likcholitov hit a free throw and a short jumper in the final 1:47 Saturday night and Virginia Commonwealth beat Old Dominion 58-54 in the Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinals.

The Rams (20-10), will face 10th-seeded Hofstra in Sunday's second semi-final game. The Pride beat 7th-seeded Towson in the first round and stunned second-seeded George Mason 82-76 in an earlier game Saturday.

Old Dominion (13-16) went 8:19 without a field goal in the second half but trailed by only 44-43 after Pierre Greene broke the drought with a 3-pointer with 7:32 remaining. The Rams ran off the next 10 points and the Monarchs followed with an 11-point run, tying it at 54 with 2:11 to play.

Likcholitov and Emanuel Mathis each hit one-of-two free throws and then Likcholitov hit a short-jumper from the side of the lane to give the Rams a 58-54 lead with 40.3 seconds remaining. The Rams missed the front end of two one-and-one situations, but Old Dominion couldn't capitalize.

The Monarchs missed their final three shots from the field.

Willie Tayor, Domonic Jones and Antoine Willie each had 11 points for the Rams.

Old Dominion, which hit just eight of 29 field goals in the second half, was led by Rasheed Wright with 13 points. Ricardo Marsh had 12 points and John Waller had 10.

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