Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Joseph's Wins A-10 Title; Galloway Leads Hawks by Virginia Commonwealth; COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Joseph's Wins A-10 Title; Galloway Leads Hawks by Virginia Commonwealth; COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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Langston Galloway's legs should have been aching after playing three games in three days, including every minute against Virginia Commonwealth's press on Sunday.

The only thing the St. Joseph's senior could feel was how close he was to winning an Atlantic 10 tournament crown.

Galloway stepped back to hit yet another huge 3-pointer, giving the Hawks the lead for good in their 65-61 win over the 23rd-ranked Rams in the title contest.

Fourth-seeded St. Joseph's (24-9) arrived in New York on the NCAA Tournament bubble. The Hawks all but clinched an at-large berth with a victory over fellow bubble team Dayton in Friday's quarterfinals on Galloway's go-ahead 3 with 17.9 seconds left.

Then they made that moot by capturing the conference's automatic bid for the first time since 1997. They have a No. 10 seed and a date with Connecticut on Thursday.

Galloway scored 19 points Sunday and broke a 54-54 tie with a 3 with more than two minutes left. He and Halil Kanacevic played all 40 minutes against the second-seeded Rams' frenetic defense.

"Those guys are tough guys," VCU coach Shaka Smart said. "As seniors, they stepped up."

Kanacevic won MVP honors after setting a tournament record with 43 rebounds in three games.

"We could go play another 40 if I got to feel this way again," Kanacevic said after cutting down the nets.

All five St. Joe's starters played at least 37 minutes including the entire second half.

The Rams (26-8) got 18 points from Rob Brandenberg, but Galloway got just enough separation on him to make the go-ahead 3.

VCU has a No. 5 seed in the NCAA event and plays Stephen F. Austin on Friday.

Virginia wins ACC * Sixth-ranked Virginia claimed its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title since 1976 by beating No. 7 Duke 72-63 in Greensboro, N.C.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 points, and tournament MVP Joe Harris added 15, including a backbreaking 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes remaining for the top-seeded Cavaliers (28-6).

Playing in front of a raucous and mostly orange-clad Greensboro Coliseum crowd, they shot 45 percent from the field, pestered the Blue Devils into 38 percent shooting and used a late 12-3 run to pull away and claim the second ACC tournament title in school history.

"We were kind of joking around when we came in we were asking, 'Where are all of the Duke fans? …

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