KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Nah’Shon Hyland scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with five seconds left, as VCU edged past Rhode Island 63-62 on Wednesday night.
Hyland made 5 of 9 from 3-point range and had three steals. Levi Stockard III had 15 points for VCU (13-4, 6-2 Atlantic 10 Conference).
Rhode Island used a 12-5 spurt to take a 62-58 lead when Ishmael Leggett made two free throws with 47 seconds to play. Hyland missed a 3-point shot but Hason Ward grabbed the offensive rebound, was fouled, and made two free throws 15 seconds later. After the Rams’ D.J. Johnson missed the front end of a 1-and-1, VCU’s Jamir Watkins missed a 3 but Adrian Baldwin Jr. tipped the ball out to Hyland for the eventual winner from NBA range.
Leggett was fouled with 1.4 seconds to play and went to the free-throw line for another 1-and-1 opportunity and a chance to win it, but missed the first shot and Ward grabbed the rebound to seal it.