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Saint Joseph’s tops VCU for Atlantic 10 tournament title

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Virginia Commonwealth guard JeQuan Lewis (1) passes the ball off against Saint Joseph’s forward DeAndre Bembry (43) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game during the championship game of the Atlantic 10 men’s tournament, Sunday, March 13, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)


Saint Joseph’s punched its ticket to the NCAA tournament on Sunday with a 87-74 win over VCU in the Atlantic 10 tournament title game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Hawks were the No. 4 seed in the tournament and ran through a solid field of teams, including George Washington in the quarterfinals, Dayton in the semifinals and an NCAA tournament-bound Rams team in the finals.

The Hawks (27-7) were led by 30 points, five rebounds and four assists from DeAndre Bembry and 26 points and 12 rebounds from Isaiah Miles as the two star players stepped up in a huge game to carry Saint Joe’s to the dance. The win and A-10 tournament title likely gives Saint Joseph’s somewhere in the No. 7 to No. 9 range and they’ll be a dangerous team with weapons like Bembry and Miles.

Bembry was 13-for-16 from the field and looked dominant against VCU. He’s one of the best players in the country you might not know about entering the NCAA tournament.

VCU (24-10) lost a rugged and physical game as Korey Billbury and JaQuan Lewis each had 19 points. They should also find themselves in the No. 7 to No. 9 range in terms of seeding later today and they’re going to be a tough out for teams that aren’t prepared to face their style of play.