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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Burgess’ layup in OT lifts VCU past Florida State

Virginia Commonwealth's Bradford Burgess pulls the ball away from Florida State's Bernard James during the first half of a Southwest regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 25, 2011, in San Antonio.

Virginia Commonwealth's Bradford Burgess pulls the ball away from Florida State's Bernard James during the first half of a Southwest regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 25, 2011, in San Antonio.

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— Bradford Burgess made a layup off an inbounds pass with 7.1 seconds left and Rob Brandenburg blocked a shot at the buzzer, giving Virginia Commonwealth a 72-71 victory over Florida State in overtime in a Southwest Region semifinal Friday night.

In the first NCAA tournament game between teams seeded 10 and 11, the lower seeded Rams blew a nine-point lead by scoring only three points in the final 7:37 of regulation. They never trailed by more than four all night, but found themselves down 71-70 when Burgess scored the kind of basket that will live in NCAA tournament lore.

The Rams (27-11) are among the final eight for the first time. Having already ousted high-profile programs from the Pac-10 (Southern Cal), Big East (Georgetown), Big Ten (Purdue) and now the ACC, they will try adding the Big 12 to their hit list, facing top-seeded Kansas. The Jayhawks advanced with a 77-57 rout over Richmond.

Comments

Steve Brown 8 years, 5 months ago

lOOK at the photo, which of our bigs will Bradford Burgess pull the ball away from, rest my case. Shock and Awe, twins will return to dominance after a game off for the guards to show off.

20 seconds left in game, Whithey gets a dunk off a Roolridge rattle out.

79-68.

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