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Saint Louis shot 50 percent in the first half, but attempted only 22 field goals to VCU’s 36. Nine turnovers contributed to the lack of scoring opportunities as Graham collected three steals before the break.

“I didn’t think we got sped up on most of those turnovers,” Crews said. “We just turned it over. It was unforced errors a little bit. VCU gets you going a little fast, but our guys were firm and aggressive without being off-balance.”