Richmond coach Chris Mooney reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against VCU in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament in New York, Friday, March 13, 2015. VUC won 70-67. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Mary Altaffer
March 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Melvin Johnson scored 23 points, including four big free throws in the final 14 seconds, as VCU held off Richmond 70-67 on Friday to knock its crosstown rival out of the Atlantic 10 tournament for the second straight season.

The fifth-seeded Rams (24-9) were able to avenge two regular-season loses to Richmond and advanced to the semifinals on Saturday to face No. 1 seed Davidson at Barclays Center.

Johnson, a New York native from the Bronx, was 5 for 5 from 3-point range in the first half. Jequan Lewis added 10 points for the Rams.

Kendall Anthony, who led fourth-seeded Richmond (19-13) with 26 points, had a chance to trim a 65-62 deficit, but missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity with 54 seconds left in the second half.

Lewis missed the second of two free throws with 1 second left and T.J. Cline's three-quarter court heave bounced off the rim.

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