It's hard to go inside with the warm weather outside, but in the Roundhouse tonight, the Shockers fell to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in ESPN's Bracketbuster game. The final score was 68-67.
Joey Rodriguez made two free throws with 0.8 seconds remaining. The Shockers' David Kyles got off a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it rattled in and out.
Bradford Burgess scored 17 and Rodriguez added 15 for the Rams (21-8), who earned a victory to help their NCAA tournament at-large chances.
Joe Ragland's 15 points could not keep Wichita State (22-6) from its fourth home loss.
Wichita State went on a methodical 8-0 run over a six-minute span, taking a 61-59 lead with 4:27 remaining and setting up the late drama. The teams traded lead-changing baskets before Brandon Rozzell's 3-pointer with 1:22 left gave the Rams a 65-63 advantage. They led until Ragland made two free throws with 4.9 seconds to play for a 67-66 Shockers lead.
Virginia Commonwealth was 9 of 21 from 3-point range.
*The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Heading into the game, the Shockers (22-5, 13-3 MVC) were tied atop the Missouri Valley standings with Missouri State. VCU (20-8) is third in the Colonial Athletic Assocation (CAA).
Gregg Marshall's crew needed a big win to help its at-large stance with the NCAA Tournament Committee if the Shockers want to be picked for the Big Dance.