Final Score: VCU 84, #23 LSU 82
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 3-0, LSU 1-1
Attendance: 7,637 (137th consecutive sellout)
The Short Story: A defensive stand in the final seconds of the game secured an 84-82 victory over the 23rd-ranked LSU Tigers in a heavyweight battle at the Siegel Center on Wednesday night.
- VCU brought the havoc, forcing 26 turnovers and scoring 37 points off of those turnovers
- Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva once again led the way, posting his second double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. He added four steals and two blocks
- Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins added 15 points and three steals for the Black & Gold
- Redshirt senior guard Marcus Evans shot 7-of-8 from the free throw line and finished with 15 points before fouling out with 1:40 left in regulation
- Redshirt senior guard Issac Vann used a pair of 3-pointers and a 5-of-6 night at the charity stripe to add 11 points and sophomore wing Vince Williams put five Rams in double-figures with 11 points of his own
- Five different Tigers scored double-figures as well, led by Skylar Mays’ 23
- As the clock read 26 seconds, Jenkins hit a pair of free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt to give the Rams an 83-82 lead. The Rams forced a missed floater by LSU, and Santos-Silva was fouled while pulling down his 11th rebound of the night. He hit 1-of-2 at the line with 4.9 seconds remaining
- On LSU’s final possession, VCU’s pressure forced the Tigers to dribble the ball out of bounds
- Back-and-forth play kept the game extremely close down the stretch, but LSU managed to regain a lead, 82-81, with 41 seconds left
- VCU used a 20-9 burst late in the second half to turn a close game into a 50-38 halftime advantage
- The Tigers refused to go quietly, however, mounting a 25-14 run to begin the second half that pulled them within one
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- The Rams improve to 2-0 all-time against LSU and 5-2 against nationally ranked opponents at the Siegel Center
- LSU owned a 17-16 lead at the 11:06 mark in the first half, but following VCU’s 20-9 run, the Tigers didn’t lead again until the score read 82-81 with 41 seconds left in the contest
- VCU has now won 14 straight home games dating back to last season
- VCU’s win was its first over a ranked opponent under Coach Mike Rhoades
The Rams welcome Jacksonville State to the Siegel Center for a Noon matchup on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Photos and Game Summary: Rams Downed by Davidson
The Rams gave up the lead late in the second half and Davidson kept it that way.
Score: Davidson 63, VCU 61
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 10-6 (3-2 Atlantic 10), Davidson 15-2 (5-0)
The short story: VCU senior forward Vince WIlliams Jr. poured in a team-high 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but a late run by Davidson helped push the Wildcats past the Rams in a hard-fought Atlantic 10 Conference contest Tuesday night.
- Sophomore guard Ace Baldwin Jr. supplied 10 points, dished out a team-high seven assists and ripped five steals for the Rams, while senior guard KeShawn Curry contributed 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field
- Williams connected on 4-of-7 from three-point range, tying a season-high total
- Junior forward Hason Ward added eight points and pulled in three rebounds for the Black and Gold
- Luka Brajkovic led all scorers with 19 points and added six rebounds to lead the Wildcats
- VCU held a 59-53 lead with 5:23 remaining in the second half but a three-pointer from Brajkovic sparked a 9-0 run from the Wildcats that gave them 62-59 they would not surrender. Foster Loyer hit a pair of free throws with 2:47 remaining to give Davidson a 60-59 lead. Curry pulled the Rams within 62-61 with a fast break layup with 16.6 left, but VCU could get no closer
- Davidson owned a 32-20 advantage in rebounds and a 10-2 lead in second-chance points
- A Williams three-pointer to open the scoring for VCU in the second half sparked a 15-5 run that was enough for VCU to overcome a 36-28 first half deficit and take a 43-41 lead with 14:33 remaining in the contest
- Davidson owned 10-point leads in each half, only to see VCU fight back
- VCU forced 17 Davidson turnovers. The Rams used those miscues to outscore the Wildcats 26-5 on turnover opportunities
- The all-time series between these two schools now sits at 8-8
- Williams has now scored in doubles in each of his last five games
The Rams host Saint Joseph’s on Saturday, Jan. 22 for a 2:30 p.m. tip at the Siegel Center. The game will air on USA Network.
Photos and Game Summary: VCU Trounce GW
Score: VCU 84, George Washington 57
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 10-4 (3-0 Atlantic 10), George Washington 4-10 (0-2)
The short story: Sophomore guard Ace Baldwin Jr. scored a career-high 16 points as the Rams cruised to an 84-57 victory Tuesday night over George Washington
- In addition to his career-high in points, Baldwin tied his career high in rebounds with six and added four assists. He shot 5-of-8 from the field and buried a career-best 4-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc
- Senior forward Vince Williams Jr. added 11 points, five rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and a career-high eight assists for the Black and Gold
- Senior guard KeShawn Curry chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and an assist for VCU, while freshman forward Jalen DeLoach grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and blocked three shots
- James Bishop led all scorers for George Washington with 16 points
- After the Colonials took a 5-3 lead early in the first half, the Rams embarked on a 13-0 run, capped off by a three-point jumper by Baldwin. Baldwin scored 11 of his 16 points and shot 3-of-3 from three in the first half. The Rams held a comfortable 42-22 lead heading into halftime
- George Washington sparked a 9-0 run with 6:10 left in the second half to cut the Rams’ lead to 15, but was unable to come any closer as the Rams closed the game on a 16-4 run to secure the victory
- VCU shot a season-high 44 percent (10-of-23) from beyond the arc
- The Rams outscored the Colonials 24-8 on points from turnovers
- The Black and Gold recorded 19 assists and 11 blocks
- The game was the first home game for the Rams since Dec. 15 after COVID-19 protocols canceled or postponed four straight home contests
- The Rams extended their season-best win streak to seven
- VCU has defeated George Washington five straight times and improved to 17-3 all-time against the Colonials
The Rams travel to Olean, N.Y. on Friday, Jan. 14 for a road contest against reigning Atlantic 10 Champion St. Bonaventure at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN2.
Photos and Game Summary: VCU Clips the Wings of the Florida Atlantic Owls
VCU forced a season-high 25 turnovers on the night and converted 24 points off those chances.
Score: VCU 66, FAU 46
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 7-4, FAU 6-5
The short story: VCU forced 25 turnovers on the evening and shot 71 percent (15-of-21) in the second half as it pulled away from Florida Atlantic Wednesday.
- Senior guard KeShawn Curry led the Black and Gold with 13 points. He connected on 5-of-7 attempts from the field
- Freshman guard Jayden Nunn contributed nine points and added four steals on the night for the Rams, while classmate Jalen DeLoach, a 6-foot-9 forward, turned in a season-high nine points. He converted all four of his field goal attempts
- VCU senior forward Vince Williams Jr. grabbed a team-high eight rebounds while shooting 7-of-8 from the free throw line
- Alijah Martin scored 13 points and added five rebounds to lead FAU
- A Curry layup at 18:22 remaining in the second half kicked off a 16-4 VCU run that included a pair of DeLoach buckets and provided the Rams with a 42-29 advantage with 14:12 remaining
- The Rams forced nine turnovers in the first seven minutes of action and 16 total in the first-half on the way to a 26-20 lead
- VCU stormed to a 12-2 lead in the early stages of the game, sparked by a Baldwin pull-up jumper and a Curry fast-break dunk off a steal by junior guard Marcus Tsohonis
- VCU forced a season-high 25 turnovers on the night and converted 24 points off those chances
- The Rams dominated points in the paint holding a 36-18 advantage down low
VCU was scheduled to face Penn State for a 3:30 p.m. tip on Saturday, Dec. 18. That game has been cancelled due to Covid issues for Penn State.