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VCU’s run in NIT comes to end: Utah knocks down 13 threes, wins 74-54

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Utah knocked down 13 threes, and the Utes’ work on defense was also key in a 74-54 win over VCU in an NIT quarterfinals matchup on Wednesday night.

Sean Bairstow, led the Rams (24-14) with 13 points.

Deivon Smith recorded a triple double with 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds to lead Utah (22-14).

Gabe Madsen buried 6-of-12 from beyond the three-point arc and added 18 points for Utah, which was 13-of-33 from three and shot 44 percent (28-of-63) overall for the game.

VCU fell behind 18-2 at the outset, but whittled the Utah lead to 23-20 on a free throw by senior guard Zeb Jackson with 5:57 left in the first half. Madsen and Branden Carlson buried back-to-back 3-pointers off VCU turnovers to push the Utah lead back to nine. Utah led 36-26 at the break.

The Utes removed all doubt with an 11-0 run, sparked by two Madsen treys, to take a 47-28 lead with 16:13 left in the game.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].