Tuesday, March 6, 2012

College Hoops Broz of the Day: VCU, St. Mary's & Davidson

By Jake Heston

VCU, St. Mary's, and Davidson were all able to pull away in the final seconds of their games to punch tickets to March Madness.

VCU beats Drexel
After lamenting itself as last year's cinderella team and making the Final 4, will this year's VCU squad be able to recreate the magic? VCU's opponent, Drexel, went into last night's Colonial Athletic Association championship game red-hot, riding a 19-game win streak, only to go ice-cold in the first half, though, as they trailed 35 - 19. Drexel managed to get to within one point with 12 seconds left in the second half, but weren't able to close it as VCU held the Dragons off to punch their ticket back to the dance.

VCU's Darius Theus netted 16 points on top of 5 helpers, 5 pick pockets, and 4 window washers, solidifying his status as one of the more well-balanced 2-guards still dancing.

Darius Theus gets a hug from mommy after the Rams' win. Awesome.
(Photo by Dean Hoffmeyer via Richmond Times-Dispatch)

St. Mary's calms Gonzaga
The top two teams faced-off for the West Coast Conference title as St. Mary's and Zaga put on a show for the fans. Despite a phenomenal team-effort by Zaga to force OT on a late three by Elias Harris, St. Mary's was too much to handle in OT winning by four in a brilliant game.

Will the West Coast Conference Player of the Year Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, 190 lbs, net 22 points in the first round of March Madness and lean his way one step closer to the Sweet 16? Only March Madness knows.

Dellavedova, leaning. (Sam Morris via Las Vegas Sun)

Davidson disperses West Carolina in double OT
In a clash of large cats, Davidson last night punched its first ticket back to the Dance since the Steph Curry era in an absolute thrill ride of a Southern Conference championship game, winning in double OT. The Wildcats almost let the game slip away late, up nine points with just under five minutes remaining, as Keaton Cole and the Catamounts started to knock down their shots.

In the end, Clint Mann flushed down a dunk W. Carolina couldn't plunge, as Cole racked a deep three off the back of the iron in the dying seconds. De'mon Brooks and JP Kuhlman each had 19 points and 8 boards, helping Davidson end its four-year March Madness drought.

De'mon Brooks looks to go on a kill spree late in the game en route to his 19 points. 
(Jamie Brevvard via US Presswire)

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