VCU (7-2): 69
Old Dominion (3-7): 57
The Short Story: VCU’s bench provided a second-half boost as the Rams pulled away from rival Old Dominion down the stretch Saturday.
- Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva led the Rams with 13 points and shot 7-of-9 from the free throw line
- VCU senior guard Malik Crowfield came off the bench to knock down 3-of-3 from beyond the 3-point arc in the second half. He finished with nine points
- Senior guards Marcus Evans and Issac Vann contributed 10 points each in the contest for the Black and Gold
- ODU guards Malik Curry and Xavier Green lead the Monarchs with 11 points each
- Crowfield hit all three of his 3-pointers to spark an 11-2 VCU run midway through the second half that pushed the Rams ahead 54-41 with 7:55 remaining. Old Dominion pulled within five points a short time later, but Vann connected on a corner 3-pointer to give VCU a 57-49 cushion with 4:24 left. The Monarchs could get no closer than six the rest of the way
- VCU shot 55 percent (11-of-20) from the field in the second half, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range
- VCU’s bench outscored ODU’s 25-15
- ODU took a 29-28 lead into halftime following a Jason Wade driving layup with 52 seconds remaining in the period
- The Rams shot 18-of-22 (.818) from the charity stripe and 41 percent (9-of-22) from beyond the arc in the game
- VCU held Old Dominion to 2-of-15 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc
- The Rams forced 18 Monarch turnovers and scored 20 points off those miscues
- This was the 95th meeting between VCU and ODU. The Rams improved to 51-44 all-time in the series. Those 51 wins are VCU’s most over any opponent
The Rams host Missouri State at the Siegel Center on Sunday, Dec. 15 for a 7 p.m. match-up. That game will be broadcast on MASN.
Photos and Game Summary: Rams Back to Winning Ways at Home
Sophomore guard Bones Hyland poured in a game-high 28 points, and VCU locked down Dayton defensively on the way to a critical Atlantic 10 Conference win Saturday night at the Siegel Center.
VCU DEFENSE, HYLAND GROUND FLYERS 66-43
Score: VCU 66, Old Dominion 43
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 11-4 (3-2 A-10), Dayton 8-3 (4-3)
The story: Sophomore guard Bones Hyland poured in a game-high 28 points, and VCU locked down Dayton defensively on the way to a critical Atlantic 10 Conference win Saturday night at the Siegel Center.
- Hyland scored 13 of his 28 in the first half as the Rams built a 20-point lead. He finished 9-of-17 from the floor, including 5-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc. He added five rebounds and two steals
- Senior foward Levi Stockard III tallied a team-high six rebounds and chipped in six points of his own
- Junior Vince Williams contributed seven points and four rebounds
- Jordy Tshimanga and Zimi Nwokeji provided 10 points each for Dayton
- VCU held Dayton to just 13 points in the first half on 6-of-28 shooting. Those 13 points were the Flyers least in a half since 2010
- Hyland scored five points during a 14-0 VCU run that provided the Rams with a 19-4 lead with 10:26 left in the first half. The Flyers never recovered
- The Rams held the Flyers to season-low 31 percent (17-of-55) shooting including 15 percent (3-of-20) from beyond the arc. The Flyers missed their first 14 three-pointers in the game
- VCU continued their dominance in the paint this season, outscoring Dayton 36-22 around the basket
- VCU held Dayton to a season-low 43 points, the Flyers’ lowest total since a 68-34 loss to Cincinnati on Nov. 27, 2010
- The Rams recorded a season-high 44 rebounds
- Hyland tallied 25+ points for the third time this season and has scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games this year
VCU will continue its three-game home stand against UMass 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Siegel Center. The game will air on CBS6 in Richmond and digitally on ESPN+.
Virginia Capital Trail, East Coast Greenway Alliance announce first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge
The event challenges people to complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway and Capital Trail this winter.
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance have announced the first-ever ‘Winter Warrior Challenge’ virtual event to take place January 13th – March 31st.
The challenge is a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to virtually complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway, traveling from Washington, D.C., to Richmond via Greenway’s spine route and to the Virginia-North Carolina border along the Greenway’s historic coastal route. Participants have the option to tackle the challenge individually or in a team of up to four people and can choose to run, walk, bike, or skate their way across Virginia.
“With a shared vision of equitable access to trails and greenways for recreation and active transportation, we are thrilled to partner with the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation on the first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge,” shares Sarah Sanford, East Coast Greenway Alliance Virginia & North Carolina Coordinator. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people have flocked to trails and greenways to maintain mental and physical health. We hope that this event will encourage people to get outside, recreate responsibly on the Virginia Capital Trail and beyond, and support a great cause at the same
Registration is $40 and includes an individual and team leaderboard, interesting trail facts based on destination points along the route, an official event crewneck sweatshirt, and a fun virtual experience as you travel along one of Virginia’s most prestigious trail networks. Participants can break the route into segments and divide it up between team members or complete it on their own.
“Many people are unaware that the Virginia Capital Trail connects to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, which stretches across 3,000+ miles and 15 states,” mentions Cat Anthony, Executive Director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “We are excited to inspire outdoor adventure as participants explore and learn more about trail networks across Virginia. We hope this event will bring awareness on how important pedestrian and cycling infrastructure is to our region and encourage people to take advantage of Virginia’s trail networks.”
Proceeds benefit the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance for continued advocacy and regional trail expansion.
Registration is open here. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences using #WWC282.
Spiders versus Ram Game Postponed Due to Covid-19
Sometimes when you play sports in the middle of a pandemic people test positive for the disease that has killed over 380,000 in the United States.
The cross-city basketball derby will have to wait. University of Richmond released the following statement.
The University of Richmond men’s basketball home game Saturday against VCU has been postponed in response to the results from the latest COVID testing and contact tracing within the Spiders program. All team activities are paused at this time.
Richmond continues to follow the guidance of University health officials and the Virginia Department of Health protocols. No decisions have been made regarding any additional Richmond games.