Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Winthrop withstood VCU's vaunted pressure for a half before it finally wore the Eagles down. For the first 20 minutes, Winthrop was able to knock down open 3-pointers to offset its turnovers. The second half wasn't quite the same for upset-minded Eagles as the 3's stopped falling and the Rams pulled away for a 92-71 victory on Saturday night. ''Back in the day when I played at Xavier, we were a pressing team,'' Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey said. ''Coach (Herb) Sendek, who's at Arizona State and was at Miami of Ohio, made a comment that Xavier's pressure was cumulative. That's what VCU does. ''You can't simulate it in practice. We took their first punch, we took their second punch, we took their third punch, but they just keep coming at you, and it wore us down.'' Andre Smith scored 14 of his 15 points in the first half as the Eagles (2-1) trailed just 45-41 at the break. He missed all four of his second-half 3-pointers as Winthrop went 2 for 9 from beyond the arc. ''Andre's a real...
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