VCU Edges Monarchs, 68-64
By ODU Athletics
Feb. 11, 2012
Post-Game Press Conference:
NORFOLK, VA-- Darius Theus' layup with 30 seconds broke a 61-61 tie to lift the Rams of VCU to a 68-64 CAA victory over the Monarchs at sold out Constant Center Saturday.
ODU is now 16-11 overall and 11-4 in the CAA, while the Rams are 22-5 overall and 13-2 in the CAA.
Down, 50-42 with 7:55 left in the game, the Monarchs rallied to tie the game at at 52-52 with 4:48 left on a three-pointer by Donte Hill. The game would be tied three more times - at 54-54 on a Nick Wright layup and with ODU leading, 61-58 with 52 seconds left Bradford Burgess hits a trey to tie the game at 61-61.
After an ODU turnover, Theus hits a layup and then a free throw to make it 64-61. He then hit two more free throws for a 66-61 lead with 16 seconds remaining. Trian Iliadis cut it to two with a trey, but Briante Weber hit two free throws with six seconds left to ice the win for VCU.
ODU led by as much as 12, 26-14 with 7:21 left after a Donte Hill three-pointer, but the Rams cut the lead to three at halftime, 36-33.
VCU was led by Bradford Burgess with 24 points, six rebounds and five steals.Darius Theus added 14 points.
ODU shot .361 for the game ater hitting .560 (14-25) in the first half. VCU finished at .380(19-50), but hit 20-27 free throws to ODU's 15-27 free throws.
The Monarchs return home on Tuesday night when they host the Seahawks of UNCW at 7 p.m. in the Constant Center.