PITTSBURGH (AP) JaQuan Lewis stepped up in the closing minutes of a quarterfinal that saw each team take off on extended runs and VCU got the last big one, pulling away late to defeat George Mason 71-60 on Friday in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Lewis had scored just five points until, with the score tied at 48-48 and under eight minutes remaining, he dialed a layup and two 3-pointers as second-seeded VCU sprinted off on a 16-4 run over the next five minutes.
The Rams (25-7) face the winner of the No. 3 seed Richmond versus No. 6 seed George Washington in the semifinals on Saturday.