RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU played three tough teams very well at the Battle 4 Atlantis. But they will only be coming back to Richmond with one win.
VCU dropped its second game in as many nights, falling to No. 13 Missouri to 68-65 on Saturday in the third-place game.
Mizzou's Laurence Bowers had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Phil Pressey had 11 points and eight assists.
Down 6 with 4:30 to go, Darius Theus started a run where he scored 7 straight Ram points, to give VCU a one point lead. Then teams traded leads, including Briante Weber hitting a three, to give VCU a 65-63 lead. Pressey gave the Tigers (5-1) the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:17 to play. He then hit a jumper with 20 seconds left, to make it tough on the Rams in the final possession.
Troy Daniels missed a three-point shot with 10 seconds left that would've tied the game up.
The Rams fall to 3-3, but earned national respect after tough losses to 5th ranked Duke, and the 13th ranked Tigers in back to back nights. VCU will leave the Bahamas with a win over #19 Memphis.
VCU next hosts Stetson on Wednesday. They will travel back to the mainland Sunday morning.