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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Melvin Johnson
VCU guard Melvin Johnson, the Atlantic 10's sixth-man of the year, is doubtful for the Rams NCAA Tournament opener due to a sprained knee. VCU faces Stephen F.Austin on Friday.
VCU has reached the Atlantic 10 tournament final in both seasons since moving up from the Colonial Athletic Association, an impressive achievement.
For the first time in a few years, an Atlantic 10 tournament loss won't mark the end of George Washington's season.
Melvin Johnson hit the floor, grabbed his left knee and yelled in pain.
VCU guard Melvin Johnson was on crutches and in a full leg brace after injuring injured his left knee during a scramble for a loose ball in the first half of the Atlantic 10 semifinals against George Washington.
Melvin Johnson's timing seemed impeccable, and Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart thought it might be that kind of night.
Langston Galloway scored 24 points - including a pair of free throws in the final half-minute - and DeAndre Bembry 18 as St. Joseph's defeated Virginia Commonwealth 69-62 Saturday night.
Rob Brandenberg scored 11, and Treveon Graham had 10 for VCU (14-4, 2-1 Atlantic 10). Juvonte Reddic scored nine and grabbed 10 rebounds.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Stony Brook gave Virginia Commonwealth all it could handle in the first half Friday night.
Treveon Graham's first two field goals of the night sparked a 17-0 run to start the second half and Virginia Commonwealth beat Stony Brook 81-63.
Melvin Johnson scored a career-high 27 points to lead VCU over Virginia Tech in the featured matchup of the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic.
Rob Brandenburg hit an early 3-pointer and Melvin Johnson had a critical free throw with 14.2 seconds to go, and Virginia Commonwealth held off Eastern Kentucky 71-68 on Thursday night.
Virginia Commonwealth, led by Juvonte Reddic's 18 points and 11 rebounds, ended Belmont's nation-leading 23-game home win streak 81-68 on Sunday.
Treveon Graham came off the bench and scored 24 points as Virginia Commonwealth pulled away in the second half and beat longtime nemesis Northeastern 79-66 on Saturday night.
The veteran Billikens stayed just poised enough against the Rams' frenetic defensive pressure and a hostile crowd to win only the second conference tournament crown in school history.
"That's demoralizing for the other team knowing it feels like a home game for us," said sophomore guard Melvin Johnson, who hails from the Bronx.
"I like hitting 3s and hearing the fans cheer for me," said sophomore guard Melvin Johnson, who hails from the Bronx, "and I knew I was going to potentially have that with all the black and gold there."