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Controversial call leads to VCU's second straight miracle victory

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Controversial call leads to VCU's second straight miracle victory

WASHINGTON  -- JeQuan Lewis drilled two free throws with 0.4 seconds left and VCU needed a crazy finish to earn its fifth-straight win 54-53 over George Washington on Wednesday night. 

VCU (19-5, 9-2 Atlantic 10) held a 52-50 lead when Lewis missed the front end of a one-and-one that could have iced the game. On the ensuing possession, George Washington's Yuta Watanabe drilled a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left which appeared to give the Colonials the game. 

During VCU's subsequent inbounds play, Lewis drew a charging foul on George Washington's Collin Goss.

The foul sent Lewis to the line, where he made both to put VCU in front 54-53. 

Jair Bolden missed a final 3-point attempt for the Colonials (12-12, 4-7). 

Justin Tillman scored 11 points and Samir Doughty had 10 to lead VCU. 

Bolden and Tyler Cavanaugh each scored 13 points for George Washington.

Jalen Smith taunts Indiana crowd after a crazy come-from-behind Maryland win

Jalen Smith taunts Indiana crowd after a crazy come-from-behind Maryland win

Sunday's game against Indiana was the best of Jalen Smith's collegiate career. 

The 6-10 forward had just set another career-high. Pouring on 29 points and sinking the game-winning layup to vault the Maryland Terrapins over Indiana, he was on top of the world. What he did next is what many will remember the most from Smith's performance that afternoon. 

'Stix,' as many in the Terrapins community call him, was clearly overcome with emotion. Once the postgame interviews were completed, he walked toward a large contingent of Hoosier fans and began chirping back at a raucous crowd.

He is seen mouthing the words "this is my court," before bending down and tapping Indiana's logo.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon saw Smith's taunting and quickly stepped in to diffuse the situation. Immediately he shut down Smith and expressed his displeasure to the sophomore. 

Smith was then escorted off the court by two Maryland assistants. 

Normally Smith is the calm, cool and easy-going player on a roster full of characters. Postgame he is extremely forthcoming with the media and stays to answer every question asked of him. When he's around there is an infectious smile that he proudly boasts. 

This, however, was something not seen by Smith before. Less than an hour following his antics, Smith apologized on Twitter. 

"I want to sincerely apologize to all the Indiana’s fans and players for how I acted at the end of the game. I let my emotions get the best of me and it won’t happen again. I have nothing but respect for all Indiana’s fans and players. Please forgive me and I wish you all the best," Smith said.

It appeared to be a situation where Smith lost control of his emotions after the Terps clawed back by scoring the final seven points of the game. Turgeon admitted that this was not how Smith normally acts and apologized on behalf of him. 

"It's not who he is," Turgeon explained postgame. "I apologize to Archie [Miller], the team, Indiana nation - or whatever you guys call yourself - Hoosier nation. We're sorry for the way we acted."

On Monday morning he further explained Smith's character and how abnormal his actions were during a weekly appearance on The Sports Junkies.

"Jalen Smith is one of the greatest kids I've ever coached. He's the most humble superstar you'll ever be around and he lost his mind for a minute," Turgeon told The Junkies. "That will never happen again, I can promise you that... I hope people don't judge him on that one minute. I hope they judge him on what kind of competitor he was yesterday and what a great kid he is."

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Maryland rises in AP poll after back-to-back Big Ten road wins

Maryland rises in AP poll after back-to-back Big Ten road wins

After two Big Ten road victories this week, the Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team has risen two spots in the latest Associated Press poll.

The Terps trailed by as many as 15 against Northwestern on Tuesday but stormed back in the second half to defeat the Wildcats for their first road victory of the season. Sophomore Jalen Smith had a career night for the Terps, finishing with 25 points, including 21 in the second half.

On Sunday, Maryland appeared to be on the ropes against Indiana, trailing by six with under 90 seconds to play. But the Terps finished the back-and-forth matchup with a 7-0 run, capped by Smith's game-winning basket with 14.5 seconds remaining. 

The Hoosiers missed a last-second attempt, and Maryland escaped Assembly Hall with their third consecutive victory. Smith, who had a career-high of 25 against Northwestern, topped that performance with a 29-point effort against Indiana.

Five other Big Ten teams were in the Top 25: No. 14 Michigan State, No. 18 Iowa, No. 19 Illinois, No. 24 Penn State and No. 25 Rutgers.

Below is the full poll.

1. Baylor
2. Gonzaga
3. Kansas
4. San Diego State
5. Florida State
6. Louisville
7. Dayton
8. Villanova
9. Duke
10. Seton Hall
11. Oregon
12. West Virginia
13. Kentucky
14. Michigan State
15. Maryland
16. Butler
17. Auburn
18. Iowa
19. Illinois
20. Colorado
21. Houston
22. LSU
23. Wichita State
24. Penn State
25. Rutgers

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