Maynor, VCU topple Duke in thriller
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) – Eric Maynor nailed a jumper from the top of the
key with under two seconds remaining as Virginia Commonwealth toppled Duke,
79-77, to hand the Blue Devils their first loss in the opening round of the
NCAA Tournament since 1996.
The contest was physical throughout and very close down the stretch, with
DeMarcus Nelson slicing through the lane and making a layup with 12 ticks on
the clock to pull Duke even at 77-77.
Maynor took control on the ensuing possession, however, and quickly pulled up
just beyond the free-throw stripe for a jumper that swished through.
Greg Paulus put up a desperation heave as time expired, but the ball clanked
harmlessly off the backboard to give VCU the win.
Maynor also had eight assists while Jesse Pellot-Rosa and Jamal Shuler
finished with 14 points each for the Colonial Athletic Association-champion
Rams (28-6), who move on to play either Pittsburgh or Wright State in
the second round.
Paulus finished with a career-best 25 points while Josh McRoberts posted 22
points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for Duke (22-11), which had made nine
straight Sweet 16 appearances heading into this showdown. This was an usual
season for the sixth-seeded Blue Devils, though, as they drew their lowest
seed since heading into the 1996 tourney with the eighth spot.