ANDERSON BUZZER BEATER SPOILS VCU COMEBACK

Score: Fordham 69, VCU 67 (OT)
Location: Bronx, N.Y. (Rose Hill Gymnasium)
Records: VCU 14-5 (4-2 A-10), Fordham 8-11 (2-4)

The short story: Antoine Anderson hit a fadeaway 18-foot jumper as time expired in overtime to give Fordham a 69-67 win over VCU Wednesday at Rose Hill Gymnasium. Justin Tillman led VCU with 20 points, all in the second half and overtime.
 
OPENING TIP
  • VCU trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half before rallying to force overtime.
  • Tillman hit 9-of-12 field goals after halftime, including several rim-rattling dunks. He tied the game at 67-all on a layup in traffic with 13.5 seconds remaining, setting the stage for Anderson's heroics.
  • Senior Doug Brooks added 11 points, including three clutch 3-pointers in the second half for VCU.
  • Fordham limited VCU leading scorer JeQuan Lewis to just four points, but the Rams' senior did hand out 10 assists for the Black and Gold.
  • Javonte Hawkins led all scorers with 22 points for Fordham, while Anderson and Joe Chartouny added 15.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU jumped out to a 63-58 lead with 4:11 left in overtime on a Tillman baseline jumper, followed by a Williams drive for two on the ensuing possession, plus a Tillman free throw following a foul off the ball. But Fordham answered with four Hawkins free throws and a Chartouny reverse layup to retake the lead 64-63 with 2:04 left.
  • A short time later, with Fordham up 67-65, Tillman wrestled a shot up in amid several defenders for a game-tying bucket.
  • Fordham's pressure defense forced 22 VCU turnovers and allowed the home team to build an 11-2 lead out of the gate. The Fordham advantage stretched to 37-23 on a Hawkins 3-pointer with 17:47 left in regulation.
  • VCU started to chip away midway through the second half, using a pair of 3-pointers by freshman Malik Crowfield and two Tillman dunks during an 11-3 run to pull within 45-42 with 9:03 on the clock.
  • The Black and Gold wasn't able to finally get over the hump until Brooks sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a Hawkins layup to tie the game at 53-all with 58 seconds remaining. Chartouny answered with a three, but Tillman coverted a traditional three-point play on VCU next trip. Anderson followed up with a bucket with 21 seconds remaining for Fordham, only to watch as Mo Alie-Cox earned a trip to the free throw line – and converted both with 14 ticks on the clock – to send the game to overtime.
  • Fordham forced 12 VCU first-half turnovers and knocked down 6-of-12 three-pointers on the way to 32-20 halftime lead.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
  • Fordham outrebounded VCU 37-30 Wednesday.
  • Tillman booked his third 20-point effort of the season for VCU.
  • VCU forced 20 turnovers and grabbed 10 steals.
  • Senior Mo Alie-Cox was limited to just three points, but picked up three steals and three blocked shots defensively for VCU.
UP NEXT
VCU will return to Richmond for a three-game homestand at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. First up is La Salle on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m.