RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Treveon Graham had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Virginia Commonwealth added a quality win to its NCAA tournament resume by beating No. 10 Saint Louis 67-56 on Saturday night.
Briante Weber added 13 points and four steals for the Rams (22-7, 10-4 Atlantic 10), who handed Saint Louis its second consecutive defeat following a school-record, 19-game winning streak. The Billikens were upset at home Thursday night by Duquesne, a 14-point underdog.
With another chance to clinch at least a tie for the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship, Saint Louis came up empty again. The Billikens lead St. Joseph’s by one game with two to play.
Jordair Jett led Saint Louis (25-4, 12-2) with 18 points. Austin McBroom had 11 points off the bench and Rob Loe grabbed nine rebounds but turned the ball over six times.
Leading scorer Dwayne Evans had just four points on 2-of-11 shooting after scoring 21 when the Billikens beat VCU 64-62 on Feb. 15 in St. Louis.
Juvonte Reddic scored 10 points for VCU, and Alie-Cox blocked five shots.
The Rams took control in the first half with their “Havoc” press and ended a three-game losing streak in the series. Jarred Guest scored five points in an 11-3 spurt, putting back his own miss to start a three-point play.
Guest then rebounded a missed 3-pointer and drew a goaltending call from Loe while being fouled. Guest couldn’t complete the three-point play, but Graham was there to put back the miss.
While a spot in the NCAA tournament has become an expectation for Virginia Commonwealth, some analysts thought the Rams had work left to do to solidify their position in the field of 68 entering Saturday night. They should be able to breathe a little easier now.