Saturday, March 26, 2011
Rapid Reaction: VCU 72, FSU 71 (OT)
By Pat Forde
SAN ANTONIO -- Thoughts from 11th-seeded VCU's thrilling 72-71 win over Florida State.
Overview: Virginia Commonwealth pulled off an overtime victory with a stunningly open inbounds play in the final seconds. Joey Rodriguez found Bradford Burgess going to the basket for a layup with seven seconds left, after VCU had struggled mightily to score in the final minutes of regulation and overtime. A final Florida State drive was stopped when Rob Brandenberg blocked the Seminoles' last shot.
Turning point: With Rodriguez seemingly out of options and almost out of time to get the ball inbounds, he found Burgess for the winning basket.
Key stat: VCU somehow withstood being outrebounded by 20 to win.
Key player: Burgess had a game-high 26 points (which tied his season-high), none bigger than the winning basket.
What's next: VCU's Cinderella ride advances to the regional final, where the 11th-seeded Rams will face No. 1 seed Kansas. The Rams will be just the fifth 11-seed to ever play in the Elite Eight. Florida State goes home to lament a botched final possession of regulation that saw the Seminoles dribble out the clock.