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Indiana rallies to top VCU 63-61

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) 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.

Indiana forward Will Sheehey, left, celebrates with Derek Elston after defeating Virginia Commonwealth 63-61 in their NCAA tournament third-round college basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 17, 2012.  (Don Ryan, Associated Press) Indiana forward Will Sheehey, left, celebrates with Derek Elston after defeating Virginia Commonwealth 63-61 in their NCAA tournament third-round college basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (Don Ryan, Associated Press)

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

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