Indiana rallies to top VCU 63-61

By Tim Booth

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 17 2012 7:43 p.m. MDT

Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart yells from the bench during the first half of their NCAA tournament third-round college basketball game against Indiana in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Don Ryan, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — Will Sheehey made a 15-footer from the baseline with 12.7 seconds left after a shot was blocked right to him and No. 4 seed Indiana rallied to beat VCU 63-61 in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.

Rob Brandenberg got a great look at a potential winning 3-pointer but it rimmed off at the buzzer, ending the Rams' bid for another surprising March run.

Indiana advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in a decade and just four years after Tom Crean inherited a decimated program. The Hoosiers did it by rallying from down 59-53 with 6 minutes remaining, including Victor Oladipo's driving three-point play with 46.5 seconds left that tied it at 61.

Christian Watford led Indiana (27-8) with 16 points and Cody Zeller added 14. Sheehey finished with eight points; his game-winner was his only basket of the second half.

Bradford Burgess scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half for VCU (29-7).

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