Virginia Commonwealth led by 11 points with less than seven minutes to play and by four with four seconds to play, but a last-minute foul resuscitated Stephen F. Austin, and the Lumberjacks went on to a stunning 77-75 win in overtime.
Stephen F. Austin became the third No. 12 seed to upset a No. 5 seed in this year’s tournament. No. 12 seeds are 15-13 against No. 5 seeds since the 2008 tournament.
The Rams led by four with four seconds to play when VCU’s JeQuan Lewis fouled Stephen F. Austin’s Desmond Haymon as he made a three-pointer. Haymon knocked down the free throw to complete the improbable four-point play and send the game to overtime, where the Lumberjacks earned their 28th straight victory.
Given the Rams’ four-point lead, the foul was an unnecessary one, but it wasn’t blatant either, as Lewis didn’t exactly tackle Haymon as he fired. Here’s what Twitter had to say:
It’ll be fun to see all the #StoneCold Stephen F. Austin tweets, but VCU got robbed. The foul on that four-point play was atrocious.
— Andrew Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) March 22, 2014
— SportsonEarth (@SportsonEarth) March 22, 2014
it was bad. Make their FTs and it wouldn’t matter RT @jman11052: you have to admit the foul on sfa’s 3 was a spectacularly terrible call
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 22, 2014