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Trailing by One with 0.4 on Clock, VCU Draws Up Brilliant Play to Draw Foul and Win the Game (Videos)

by: Esteban On  Thursday, February 9, 2017

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Who needs Shaka Smart? On Wednesday night the VCU Rams improved to 19-5 overall and 9-2 in A10 play thanks to a brilliant play drawn up by second-year head coach Will Wade.

The Rams were in Washington D.C. taking on the George Washington Colonials (12-12), and GW had taken a 53-52 lead over VCU with just 0.4 seconds left in the game thanks to a three-pointer by guard Yuta Watanabe.

With so little time left on the clock, Will Wade knew GW would be expecting a Hail Mary. And if they were expecting a Hail Mary, Wade knew they’d have somebody all over VCU forward Justin Tillman as he tried to inbound the ball. However, Wade also knew GW was in a double bonus foul situation. So he decided to use GW’s expectations against them.

Figuring that the player tasked with guarding Tillman would be totally zoned in on him—in this case it was GW forward Collin Gross—Wade instructed Tillman to run along the baseline. Then he had guard JeQuan Lewis run in behind Gross while he wasn’t looking, plant his feet in Gross’s path, and draw a charging foul.

The play worked brilliantly:

Lewis then stepped to the line and nailed both free throws:

Result: a crafty 54-53 win for VCU and a shocking loss for George Washington.

Well played, Will Wade. Well played.

Hat Tip – [SI]



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