National Basketball Association
Rhode Island 70, VCU 63
When: 12:30 PM ET, Sunday, March 12, 2017
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Officials: # Jeff Clark, # Jamie Luckie, # Kevin O'Connell
Attendance: 7025

Jared Terrell scored 20 points and made clutch plays in the final minute to lead Rhode Island past Virginia Commonwealth 70-63 Sunday in the Atlanta 10 tournament championship game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

The Rams, who have won eight in row, are headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999.

Rhode Island never trailed, but had to fend off a late challenge from VCU. The Rams' lead was down to 66-63 after a layup by VCU's Justin Tillman with 35 seconds left. But Terrell hit a pair of free throws then came up with a steal to seal the win for the Rams (24-9).

Senior guard JeQuan Lewis led VCU (26-7) with 15 points.

Junior guard E.C. Matthews added 19 points for Rhode Island.
Top Game Performances
Rhode Island   VCU
Jared Terrell 20 Scoring JeQuan Lewis 15
Jeff Dowtin 4 Assists JeQuan Lewis 3
Cyril Langevine 10 Rebounds Justin Tillman 17
Jared Terrell 6 Free Throws Made Ahmed Hamdy-Mohamed 7
Jared Terrell 2 Steals Samir Doughty 1
Hassan Martin 3 Blocks Mo Alie-Cox 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Rhode Island 70 44.4 8-20 14-19 12 33 7 3 6
VCU 63 31.3 4-14 17-22 8 41 1 4 5