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VCU Getting That Slipper Ready Again, Tops 5th-Seeded Wichita State

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PORTLAND, Ore. (CBSDC/AP) — Bradford Burgess hit a key 3-pointer with 1:33 left and Shaka Smart coached VCU to another tournament surprise, holding off Wichita State 62-59 in the South Regional on Thursday.

The 12th-seeded Rams (29-6) led by as many as 13 in the second half, but the Shockers closed to 54-53 on Garrett Stutz’s layup with 5:39 left. Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer for the Rams, and Joe Ragland answered with his own for Wichita State.

Toure Murry made a 3 that gave Wichita State the lead, but Burgess came back with his big shot to give the Rams a 60-59 edge. Darius Theus’ runner from about six feet provided the final margin.

Stutz’s long jumper just before the buzzer was off for fifth-seeded Wichita State (26-6).

VCU made it all the way to the Final Four last season before falling to Butler.

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