Guard Rolando Lamb, whose steal and breakaway layup had put Virginia Commonwealth ahead for good, hit six free throws late in the game tonight to clinch the Rams' 69-65 upset over Virginia Tech in the championship of the Times-Dispatch Invitational.
Lamb and back court mate Calvin Duncan were scoring at the right moments in the second half in countering the play of Hokie guards Dell Curry (three for 16 from the field) and Al Young.
VCU (8-1) won its second straight Times-Dispatch tournament because 16th-ranked Virginia Tech (8-2) shot below 40 percent for the second straight night.
Lamb (18 points) had been held scoreless in the second half until he stole the ball from Bobby Beecher and made a layup, putting the Rams ahead, 60-59, with 3:01 remaining. Tournament MVP Perry Young then missed a five-foot shot, and Mike Schlegel countered with a short jumper to put the Rams in command.
Lamb, who didn't miss a foul shot, hit two free throws to give VCU a 64-61 lead. After Tech turned the ball over, Lamb made two more foul shots to put the Rams ahead, 66-61, with 33 seconds left.
For Virginia Tech, Perry Young had 21 points and Al Young had 13. Curry was held to eight points.
A stretch of 10 straight points midway through the first half helped VCU to a 30-29 lead at intermission.
Virginia Tech had controlled the first eight minutes with relentless man-to-man pressure and tenacity on the boards. Roy Brow, a 6-foot-11 freshman, scored two rebound baskets and blocked two shots, then Perry Young's follow-up basket with 11:41 left in the half gave the Hokies a 15-9 lead.
In the consolation game, Richmond (4-4) defeated James Madison, 67-55, behind 20 points from John Newman and 19 from Kelvin Johnson. James Madison is 4-5.