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NCAA Game Summary - VCU vs. Saint Louis

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Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Kwamain Mitchell scored 19 points on a near- flawless shooting performance, and 16th-ranked Saint Louis captured its first conference tournament title in 13 years with a 62-56 verdict over No. 25 VCU in the Atlantic 10 Championship.

Mitchell made good on 7-of-9 field goal attempts -- including 3-of-4 from 3- point range -- and the Billikens overcame 18 turnovers against the Rams' trademark pressure with a terrific defensive display of their own.

Saint Louis (27-6) limited VCU to a 33.9 success rate from the floor en route to securing the A-10's automatic bid, and will enter the NCAA Tournament with 15 victories in its last 16 games during what's been a dramatic season for the program.

The top-seeded Billikens, who last claimed a league tourney crown while in Conference USA in 2000, are now 24-3 since Rick Majerus -- the school's head coach for the previous five seasons -- died on Dec. 1.

Dwayne Evans put up 16 points and eight rebounds to help Saint Louis prevail.

Treveon Graham accumulated 20 points and 12 rebounds for second-seeded VCU (26-8), with Juvonte Reddic finishing with 15 points and eight boards in defeat.

The Rams, the nation's leader in steals per game, lost for the first time in 27 outings this season when inducing 15 turnovers or more.


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