Missouri guard Negus Webster-Chan (14) grabs a rebound against Virginia Commonwealth center D.J. Haley (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Saturday, November 24, 2012 9:35 pm
No. 13 Missouri gets past VCU 68-65
By JIM O'CONNELLAP Basketball Writer
Pressey gave the Tigers (5-1) the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:17 to play. That capped a run of five straight possessions where the teams exchanged the lead.
The Rams (3-3) turned the ball over with 57 seconds left. The Tigers called a timeout with 10 seconds left on the shot clock. Pressey took the inbounds, dribbled off a few seconds then made a move to the basket where he ducked under a VCU player and hit a flip shot as the shot clock hit zero.
Troy Daniels of VCU missed a 3 and the Tigers ran out the clock.
The Tigers lost to No. 2 Louisville in the semifinals, when they committed 23 turnovers. They had 14 against VCU. Pressey had eight turnovers against Louisville and five against the Rams.
VCU lost to No. 5 Duke in the semifinals. The Rams had been 23-6 in games following losses under coach Shaka Smart.
Negus Webster-Chan and Keion Bell had 12 points apiece for Missouri while Earnest Ross added 11.
Treveon Graham and Juvonte Reddic both had 12 points for the Rams while Rob Brandenberg added 11.