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Photos & Game Summary: Rams Take Down St. Francis in Season Opener

Basketball is back at the Siegal Center and the Rams are off to a good start.

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Official VCU Game Summary:

Final Score: VCU 72, Saint Francis (Pa.) 58

Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)

Records: VCU (1-0), SFU (0-1)

Attendance: 7,637 (135th consecutive sellout)

The Short Story: Marcus Santos-Silva paced the Rams with a 21-point, 18-rebound double-double effort to hold off a resilient Saint Francis squad on Tuesday night.

OPENING TIP

  • Santos-Silva recorded his double-double on an efficient 8-for-11 from the floor. He also added three assists, three steals and a block
  • Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins poured in 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting while fellow senior guard Marcus Evans added 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting
  • In total, nine Rams got on the scoresheet including Bones Hyland (four points) and Hason Ward (two points) in their first collegiate action
  • Red Flash guard Isaiah Blackmon scored 15 points and had five rebounds. Myles Thompson also had 10 points and eight rebounds for Saint Francis

THE DIFFERENCE

  • The Rams shot 49.1-percent (27-for-55) from the floor while holding Saint Francis to a 32.3-percent clip (21-for-65) on the other end
  • The Black & Gold dominated in the paint, outscoring the Red Flash 42-22 around the basket
  • After quickly falling behind 4-2, the Rams went on a 14-2 run to take the lead for good
  • VCU’s lead grew to as large as 32-15 in the first half, but the Red Flash cut the Rams’ lead slightly to make it 36-22 heading into the half
  • A strong start to the second half, that included five-straight points from redshirt senior forward Issac Vann, gave the Rams their largest lead of the night at 51-30 with 13:08 remaining
  • A 12-1 run by SFU that spanned nearly four minutes made it 52-42 with 8:19 left. VCU answered with straight made shots to put the game out of reach.

NOTABLES

  • VCU has now won its season opener for 14 straight seasons dating back to the 2006-07 campaign
  • Both teams showed some rust in the first game of the year, combining for 37 turnovers in the contest
  • The Rams improve to 3-2 all-time against SFU. The last meeting between the two programs was in 2011-12

WHAT’S NEXT

The Rams host North Texas for Homecoming at the Siegel Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Friday, Nov. 8.

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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Hold Off Fourth Period Surge to Beat Boston College

BC went on a 23-7 run across 5:20 of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 62-60 with 37 seconds on the clock, led by Taylor Soule, who scored a game-high 20 points. VCU knocked down 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to close out the win.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Final Score: VCU 69, Boston College 65
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 5-2, Boston College 6-2

The short story: Efficient scoring efforts from graduate guard Taya Robinson and redshirt junior forward Samantha Robinson led four Rams in double figures as VCU held off a hard-charging Boston College for their second straight win.

OPENING TIP:

  • Including the Rams’ 60-47 win over Washington on Nov. 25, VCU now has two wins against current members of Power 5 conferences in the same season for the first time since 1995-96.
  • Taya Robinson scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while adding four steals and three rebounds.
  • Samantha Robinson added a season-high 11 points, sinking five of her six field goal attempts.
  • Redshirt senior guard Janika Griffith-Wallace and sophomore guard Sarah Te-Biasu poured in 15 and 10 points, respectively, to round out the Rams in double figures. Te-Biasu also collected four steals, while Griffith-Wallace had three.
  • Redshirt junior forward Chloe Bloom grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
  • Sophomore guard Dasia Townes tied her career high with seven points.
  • VCU forced the Eagles into 30 turnovers, including 15 steals, converting that into 29 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU scored the first four points of the game with a Griffith-Wallace floater in the lane, and a driving lay-up form Te-Biasu.
  • Samantha Robinson started 3-for-3 from the floor, finishing a driving lay-up from the baseline to put VCU ahead 11-9.
  • Taya Robinson scored all 11 VCU points in the second quarter, including the first six points of the period. After BC took its first lead with 1:44 left in the half, Griffith-Wallace drove and kicked a pass to Robinson, who drained a three to put VCU back up 24-23.
  • After trailing 25-24 at halftime, the Rams outscored the Eagles 22-10 in the third quarter.
  • Taya Robinson opened the third with a pull-up jumper to reclaim the lead for VCU, but BC responded with a lay-up to go up 27-26, their last lead of the game.
  • Griffith-Wallace knocked down a three off an assist from Taya Robinson to give VCU a 29-27 advantage. After Te-Biasu stole a BC pass on the ensuing possession, redshirt senior guard Madison Hattix-Covington hit a turnaround jumper to push the lead to 31-27.
  • Moments later, Taya Robinson intercepted an Eagles pass, then threw the ball ahead to a sprinting Hattix-Covington under the basket, who pulled the ball out and dished to redshirt freshman Grace Hudson for a wide-open three.
  • The Rams continued to capitalize off BC turnovers as Samantha Robinson finished a reverse lay-up with a flourish after a Griffith-Wallace steal.
  • VCU scored the final five points of the third quarter to claim a 46-35 lead.
  • Samantha Robinson opened the fourth quarter by making a driving lay-up on one end, and stealing a pass on the other. The Rams led by as many as 17 points early in the fourth.
  • BC went on a 23-7 run across 5:20 of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 62-60 with 37 seconds on the clock, led by Taylor Soule, who scored a game-high 20 points.
  • VCU knocked down 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to close out the win.

UP NEXT
The Rams travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to face perennial Mid-American Conference contender Buffalo on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.

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Photos and Game Summary: Bench Comes Up Strong as VCU Defeats Campbell

VCU’s bench outscored Campbell’s 17-5 as the Rams win by 4 points.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 65, Campbell 61
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 4-4, Campbell 6-2

The short story: Four Rams scored in double figures as VCU overcame a slow start and outlasted Campbell 65-61 Saturday evening in the Siegel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Senior forward Vince Williams put in a complete performance to lead VCU. The Toledo, Ohio native provided 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists, five steals, and two blocks. He connected on 4-of-8 attempts from the floor
  • Senior guard Keshawn Curry added 12 points, two rebounds, one assist, and four steals for the Black and Gold
  • VCU freshman guard Jayden Nunn and graduate forward Levi Stockard III each contributed 10 points, while Stockard grabbed six rebounds
  • Freshman forward Jalen DeLoach gave VCU a boost off the bench with six points and four rebounds, three offensive
  • Cedric Henderson and Jesus Carralero contributed tallied 20 and 19 points, respectively, to lead Campbell

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Campbell used an early 17-0 run to build a 20-4 with 13:20 left in the first half, but VCU continued to chip away. A 14-2 VCU run, punctuated by a DeLoach stickback, pulled the Rams within 22-18. Later, Williams buried a 3-pointer from the wing to push VCU in front 43-40 with 15:11 remaining
  • The teams traded baskets in the middle part of the second half, but a 12-0 burst, which included five straight points from sophomore guard Josh Banks, as well as a 3-pointer by Curry, gave the Rams the lead for good at 63-54 with 4:18 left. Campbell eventually whittled that advantage to just 63-61 with 26 seconds on the clock, but Nunn converted both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity with 20 seconds left to seal the VCU victory
  • VCU and Campbell battled in a back-and-forth second half that featured seven lead changes and four ties

NOTABLE

  • Saturday’s win marked the first time this season four Rams have scored in double figures
  • The win extends VCU’s record against Campbell to 3-0
  • The Rams outscored the Camels 21-17 off turnovers and 13-5 in second-chance opportunities
  • VCU’s bench outscored Campbell’s 17-5
  • Stockard has topped double figures in three of the past four games

NEXT UP
VCU hosts Jacksonville State for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The game will air on MASN and ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: Ram Fall to Chattanooga

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Score: Chattanooga 56, VCU 54
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 2-2, Chattanooga 4-0

The short story: Chattanooga’s Malachi Smith hit a short jumper with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift the Mocs past VCU in a tough, back-and-forth contest.

OPENING TIP

  • Vince Williams led all scorers with a career-high 21 points and six rebounds. He connected on 7-of-10 attempts, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range
  • Freshman guard Jayden Nunn tallied 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and added a pair of assists for the Black and Gold
  • Senior guard KeShawn Curry contributed nine points in the contest for VCU
  • In addition to the game-winning shot, Malachi Smith paced Chattanooga with 20 points and five rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Chattanooga owned a 30-26 edge on the glass. The Mocs corralled 11 offensive boards, which produced nine second-chance points
  • Williams scored seven of VCU’s final 10 points and tied the game twice in the last 65 seconds, once on a pair of free throws with 1:05 remaining (52-52) and again with a lefty floater in the lane with 25 seconds on the clock (54-54)
  • VCU trailed by as many as nine points, at 44-35 with 9:22 left, but the Rams embarked on a 9-0 run, capped by a Williams 3-pointer, to tie the game at 44-all

NOTABLE

  • The game featured 10 ties, including six in the second half, and three lead changes
  • VCU shot a season-high .478 (22-of-46) in the game, including .571 (12-of-21) in the second half

NEXT UP
VCU travels to Paradise, Bahamas to face Syracuse in the Battle 4 Atlantis at 5 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 24. The game will air on ESPN2.

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