The 12th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth Rams seeded Wichita State Shockers, 62-59, in the second round.
Bradford Burgess made a three-pointer with 1 1/2 minutes remaining to give the Rams a 60-59 lead. After Garrett Stutz missed an easy layup at the other end, Darius Theus made a floater in the lane to make it a three-point contest.
Following a timeout with 12 seconds to play, Stutz was off the mark with a shot from beyond the arc.
Burgess had 16 points for the Rams (29-6), who made it to the Final Four last year. Theus and Troy Daniels each tallied 10 points.
VCU, which won the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title game, set a school record for wins in a season with Thursday's victory. The Rams will play New Mexico State or Indiana in the third round of the South Region.