VCU beats St. Bonaventure in OT thanks to early court storming in regulation

SAINT BONAVENTURE, N.Y. -- Mo Alie-Cox scored 20 points, JeQuan Lewis sank a clutch free throw to force overtime and VCU slipped past St. Bonaventure in the extra period for an 83-77 win Saturday.

Leading most of the game, VCU (18-5, 8-2 Atlantic 10) fell behind with just half a second left in regulation when Matt Mobley sank a step-back 3-pointer to put St. Bonaventure on top 66-65. But the Bonnies (14-8, 6-4) were assessed a technical foul when their student section stormed the court with time still on the clock and Lewis hit the free throw to force overtime.

"One of the security guards actually had the ball while everybody was storming the court," Lewis told The Richmond Times-Dispatch after the game. "No whistle had been blown yet. Doug [Brooks] literally ran and snatched the ball out of his hands, and then he ran to the baseline and threw it in (to Jonathan Williams). That's when the whistle starting blowing."

VCU coach Will Wade said he asked to the referees to call for a technical foul "because there was still time on the clock when the bench and the students had stormed the floor.

"By rule, that's an administrative technical. We brought that to the attention of the officials, and they called it," Wade said.

The Atlantic 10 Conference released a statement Saturday night saying it was the "correct call" to assess a technical foul shot to VCU: "The conference office has reviewed the end of the game, and spoken to the Atlantic 10 coordinator of officiating, who verified that it was in fact the correct call."

A day later, the conference upheld the technical, but said that officials erred in citing crowd interference for it. The conference cited several other issues.

In the extra period, Williams got a three-point play to put VCU ahead for good, 71-68. The Bonnies twice cut the deficit back to a single point before the Rams got a three-point play from Justin Tillman, followed by 3-pointer from Lewis to go up 79-74 with 1:49 left, and then protected it the rest of the way.

Tillman finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, Lewis had 16 points and Doug Brooks 10.

Mobley finished with a career-high 34 points and set a St. Bonaventure record with nine 3-pointers. Jaylen Adams finished with 21 points for the Bonnies.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.