NCAA: VCU Stuns Georgetown

The NCAA’s Southwest was rocked by a major upset for the second-straight day as the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams sent the Georgetown Hoyas packing for their second win in a row following their conquest of Southern California in the “First Four.”

The 11th-seeded Rams launched a 9-0 run with 7:48 remaining in the first half to turn an 18-19 deficit to a 27-19 lead, which VCU never relinquished. Brandon Rozzell hit a career-best six 3-pointers for 26 points to lead three other Rams in double figures. The Hoyas were poised to advance to the next round as point guard Chris Wright returned. Instead, Georgetown absorbed its worst beating in the NCAA since 1996.

With the lead and the momentum on their side, the Rams delivered the killer blows early in the second half, with an Ed Nixon 3-pointer sparking a 14-4 run that gave VCU a 49-28 lead 15 minutes remaining in the game. The Rams drained 12 3-pointers to keep the Hoyas at bay en route to the 74-56 victory. VCU will next face third seed Purdue, which scored a comfortable 65-43 victory over Saint Peter’s.