Graham powers VCU past Saint Louis

Graham powers VCU past Saint Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (WWBT) - - Treveon Graham scored 21 points and pulled down six rebounds in his return from a sprained ankle, leading No. 16 VCU to a 63-61 victory over Saint Louis on Friday night. The victory is the Rams' eleventh straight win and improves their record to 16-3, 6-0 in Atlantic 10 play.

The Rams and Billikins would battle back and forth for most of the first half and go into the locker room at halftime deadlocked at 34. The second half would see the game remain close. VCU took a 50-46 lead with 7:00 to play when Je'Quan Lewis came up with a steal and went in for an uncontested layup. The game would be tied at 58 late, when the Billikins' Austin McBroom fired up an off-balance floater that dropped in the hoop, giving Saint Louis a 60-58 lead with 50 seconds to play.

VCU had an answer. Jordan Burgess, who had missed all four shots he had taken on the night, got an open look from three point range and sank the shot with 20 seconds left, giving the Rams the lead back, 61-60. After Ash Yacoubou hit one of two free throws to tie the game, the stage was set for Graham's final heroics of the evening. The senior once again put the team on his back, taking the ball the length of the floor and laying it in with 0.08 seconds to play for the eventual game-winner.

The 6-0 conference start is VCU's first as an Atlantic 10 team and second all-time. The Rams won the game despite shooting 36% and being out-rebounded, 36-29. Graham and Briante Weber were the only Rams in double figures in scoring. Weber had 15 points on the night.

After three straight road games, VCU is back at the Siegel Center on Tuesday to host George Washington.

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