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.
- 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 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.
- 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
The Rams host North Texas for Homecoming at the Siegel Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Friday, Nov. 8.
Photos and Game Summary: Spiders Dominate Rams
The Spiders took the lead shortly after tip-off and never looked back.
UR (19-6,9-3 Atlantic 10): 77
VCU (17-8,7-5 Atlantic 10): 59
All five starters scored in double figures and Richmond men’s basketball never trailed in a dominating 77-59 win over VCU Saturday evening in front of a sold out crowd at the Robins Center in the Lumber Liquidators Capital City Classic. The 18-point margin of victory tied the largest for the Spiders in their 85 all-time meetings vs VCU.
“This was a big game and I thought we rose to the moment and met the opportunity head-on.” said head coach Chris Mooney. The victory moves the Spiders to 19-6 on the season and 9-3 in Atlantic 10 Conference. The 19-6 record is the Spiders best after 25 games since 2010-11 while the 9-3 start moves Richmond into sole possession of third place in the A-10.
Junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) scored a game-high 23 points while adding eight rebounds. Sherod connected on 5-of-7 from three-point range, including hitting his first four from distance. Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) added 15 points and 10 rebounds while also dishing out six assists in the all-around performance.
Golden connected on seven of his 11 field goal attempts, helping the Spiders shoot 50 percent (29-of-58) from the field in the victory. Richmond also shot 50 percent (11-of-22) from three-point land on the night, led by Sherod’s five and four threes from redshirt junior guard Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.).
The Spiders came out of the gate on fire, led by Sherod who scored nine of the Spiders’ first 11 points as Richmond opened an 11-4 lead. Sherod would go on to hit his first four three-pointers of the game as the Spiders used a 20-7 run to open to a 33-16 lead 14 minutes into the game.
Richmond hit three-straight three-pointers to close out the run, including a four-point play by Francis and a deep ball from junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.). Richmond did damage on the inside as well during the stretch as Golden scored a pair of buckets and junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) converted a three-point play.
VCU found life later in the first half, scoring eight-straight points to pull within nine at 33-24 but the Spiders did not back down. Richmond scored the final nine points of the half, including a Golden three-point play through contact that ignited the crowd. The Spiders took a 42-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Rams scored the first five points of the second half but the Spiders again had the answer waiting with a 12-2 run, to take a 54-31 lead. This time the damage was done from in close as Cayo scored five in the run while Gilyard scored a pair of baskets off the drive for the 23-point lead.
VCU would have one final push, scoring nine-straight to trim the deficit to 68-55 but the Spiders would not be deterred on their way to an 18-point victory. The win was tied for Richmond’s largest ever against its crosstown rival. The Spiders also recorded 18-point wins over VCU on December 3, 2003 (70-52) and February 27, 2001 (72-54).
Francis, who missed the first meeting against the Rams, scored 13 points in the victory and helped the Spiders’ defense limit the Rams on the perimeter. Cayo added 11 points and six rebounds while Gilyard was strong all night with 10 points, six assists and five steals. The Spiders held VCU to just 59 points and –following consecutive losses to Dayton and VCU in January — has kept four straight opponents under 60 points, Richmond’s longest stretch since a six-game run in February-March, 2011.
“After the Dayton and VCU games we clipped up a lot of really good defensive possessions and said to the team ‘hey – we’re close here.’ It has felt like the past four games we’ve really played tremendously on defense.”
Next for the Spiders is a home date with George Mason Wednesday night on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Robins Center.
Photos and Game Summary: Poor Second Half Dooms VCU Against George Mason
VCU (17-7,7-4 Atlantic): 67
GMU (14-10,3-8 Atlantic): 72
The short story: Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins supplied a game-high 16 points for VCU, but George Mason built a big second-half lead and held off a late charge by the Rams Wednesday night.
- Jenkins provided 13 of his points in the first half as VCU built a 33-30 lead. He knocked down 6-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range
- Senior guard Issac Vann supplied 13 points, four assists and three rebounds for the Black & Gold
- Freshman guard Bones Hyland scored eight of his 11 points in the second half for the Rams, while junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva kicked in 11 and seven rebounds
- George Mason forward AJ Wilson powered the Patriots with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks
- VCU led 33-30 at the break, but a slow start to the second half snowballed into a 10-2 George Mason run; VCU closed to within 42-41 on a jumper by senior guard Malik Crowfield at the 11:27 mark, but the Patriots responded with a backbreaking 16-0 run over, punctuated by a pair of Josh Oduro layups in transition, to take a commanding 58-41 lead with 6:31 remaining
- Hyland led a late VCU blitz with eight points down the stretch, and Jenkins hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 42 seconds left to pull the Rams within 67-64, but they could get no closer
- George Mason outrebounded VCU 48-27 and collected 15 offensive boards. The Patriots were 20-of-29 at the line
- The Rams lead the all-time series record against the Patriots 42-21
- The Black and Gold are 13-2 at home this season
- VCU forced 19 turnovers
VCU will head to the Robins Center Richmond on Saturday, Feb. 15 to face crosstown rival Richmond for the second meeting of the season. The game is slated for a 4 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
Photos and Game Summary: VCU Defense Tames the Wildcats
VCU forced 16 first-half turnovers and outscored Davidson 23-7 off of those turnovers.
VCU (17-6,7-3 Atlantic): 73
Davidson (11-11,5-5 Atlantic): 62
The short story: VCU forced 16 first-half turnovers and senior guard Marcus Evans supplied 19 points to push the Rams past Davidson Friday night at the Siegel Center.
- Evans shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and connected on all six of his free throws on the way to his highest scoring output since Nov. 25. The senior also grabbed a season-high five rebounds
- VCU senior guard De’Riante Jenkins finished with 15 points and added seven rebounds, five steals and four assists
- Issac Vann and Marcus Santos-Silva finished with nine and eight points, respectively, for the Rams
- Davidson guard Kellan Grady scored a 27 points to lead all scorers in Friday’s contest. Hyunjung Lee added 20 points for the Wildcats
- Vann scored the first four points of the game and freshman guard Bones Hyland hit a long 3-pointer as VCU stormed to a 15-2 lead to open the game
- VCU forced 16 first-half turnovers on the way to a 35-20 lead at the break. Davidson finished with 21 turnovers, while VCU coughed it up just nine times
- The Rams outscored Davidson 23-7 off turnovers
- Davidson cut VCU’s lead to 63-56 with 4:11 left on a Grady 3-pointer, but senior forward Mike’L Simms buried a triple from the corner two possessions later to halt the Wildcats’ charge
- VCU hit all 19 of its free throws to establish a new school record for most makes without a miss in a game. The Rams were 18-of-18 at the line on Jan. 5 at George Mason
- The Rams improved to 7-5 all-time against Davidson
- The Black and Gold is 13-1 at home this season
- VCU’s defense held the Wildcats to zero fast break points while capitalizing off of 10 transition points
VCU will host in-state rival George Mason on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at 7 p.m. That game will be broadcast on ESPNU.