The Latest: Evans, VCU beat Temple 57-51 in Legends Classic

              St. John's Shamorie Ponds (2) celebrates after making a three-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against California in the Legends Classic tournament Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Legends Classic (all times local):

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Marcus Evans scored nine of his 21 points in the final four minutes to help VCU beat Temple 57-51 on Monday night in the opening round of the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center.

VCU, which squandered a 17-point first-half lead before rallying down the stretch, will play St. John’s in the championship game Tuesday.

Ernest Aflakpui made 1 of 2 free throws to give Temple (4-1) its biggest lead of the game at 48-44 with five minutes to go. VCU, however, scored 13 of the final 17 points — including nine by Evans — as the Owls went 1 for 10 from the field and 2 for 6 from the free-throw line over the final 6½ minutes.

Nate Pierre-Louis had 11 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six steals for Temple. Quinton Rose had eight points on 4-of-15 shooting and Shizz Alston Jr. made 2 of 14 from the field and finished with six points. That duo came in averaging a combined 40.5 points per game.

VCU scored the first 11 points and led 21-4 midway through the first half. Temple missed 12 of its first 14 field-goal attempts, including all five 3-point shots, and committed four turnovers in the first 9½ minutes.