Portland, OR (WWBT) - Indiana had the lead for 12 seconds in the second half, but unfortunately for VCU, it was the final 12 seconds of the game.
Will Sheehey hit a short jumper with 12 seconds remaining to give Indiana a 63-61 victory over the Rams in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in Portland, Oregon.
VCU opened up a 42-33 lead in the first half, but the Hoosiers ended the frame on an 8-0 run to trim the lead to 42-41 by halftime.
The second half once again saw the Rams grab a nine point lead, and held a 61-56 lead late in the contest.
Once again, however, it was Indiana closing the half on a run.
Cody Zeller's bucket cut the lead to 61-58.
Bradford Burgess was fouled with less than a minute to play, but missed both free throws, and Victor Oladipo converted on a lay-up, was fouled, and tied the game at 61 on the free throw.
After another stop, Sheehey hit his short jumper after Oladipo had his shot blocked.
VCU would get one more chance, but Rob Brandenberg's three point attempt was off the mark as time expired, denying the Rams a return trip to the Sweet 16.
Burgess led VCU with 15 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort.
Rob Brandenberg scored 13 points and Troy Daniels added ten. Zeller paced Indiana with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Christian Watford also scored 16 points.
Shaka Smart's team ends the season with a 29-7 record, despite having just one senior on the roster.
This year's Rams set a school record for wins and won the program's first CAA title since 2009.
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