VCU 62, No. 18 Wichita St. 59

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


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.