Oregon State falls to VCU in March Madness

Beavers were 19-12 this season

Virginia Commonwealth guard JeQuan Lewis, center, drives to the basket between Oregon State guard Derrick Bruce (4) and guard Malcolm Duvivier, right, in the first half of a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Virginia Commonwealth guard JeQuan Lewis, center, drives to the basket between Oregon State guard Derrick Bruce (4) and guard Malcolm Duvivier, right, in the first half of a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — JeQuan Lewis had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as 10th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2013 with a 75-67 first-round victory over No. 7 seed Oregon State on Friday.

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The tournament appearance is the sixth straight for VCU (25-10), and the experience showed as the Rams led by eight points at halftime and held off a charge by the Beavers in the second half.

Mo Alie-Cox added 20 points and was 7 of 8 from the field in the win, while Melvin Johnson also finished in double figures with 12 points.

Gary Payton II scored 19 points to lead the Beavers (19-13), who were making their first tournament appearance in 26 years, while Derrick Bruce finished with 15 and Drew Eubanks 13.

 

 

 

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