RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Eric Maynor scored 10 points in a span of 2:27 late in the game that allowed Virginia Commonwealth to break open a defensive struggle and beat Towson 57-46 in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
The top-seeded Rams (24-6), winners of five straight, will play William & Mary in Sunday's semifinals. The ninth-seeded Tigers finished at 13-18.
The Tigers cut a 12-point second-half deficit to 38-34 on Tony Durant's layup with 6:33 to play before Maynor, who led VCU with 19 points, hit a pair of field goals and four free throws in an 11-2 run that gave the Rams a 49-36 lead with 4:06 to play.
The Tigers got no closer than seven thereafter.
Josh Thornton led Towson with 13 points and Durant had 12 and a career-best 15 rebounds, but the Tigers shot under 30 percent overall and missed 10 of 16 free throws.
VCU finished 4-for-23 on 3-pointers, and the teams combined to miss 18 consecutive shots during one stretch of the first half, which ended with the Rams ahead 25-22.