VCU 11-3 (1-0 Atlantic 10): 64
Fordham 6-7 (0-1): 46
The short story: VCU held Fordham to 32 percent (8-of-25) shooting from the field in the second half and forced 18 turnovers in the game in a wire-to-wire victory to open Atlantic 10 Conference play Thursday.
- Senior forward Mike’L Simms led the way for the Black and Gold, producing a season-high 14 points and a career-high eight rebounds. He was 6-of-13 from the floor
- Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva added 11 points VCU and produced his eight double-digit scoring game on the year. He also contributed seven rebounds
- VCU freshman guard Bones Hyland turned in another efficient scoring night, connecting for nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc
- Fordham forward Onyi Eyisi had a team-high 13 points for Fordham
- Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins and Simms drained back-to-back threes within the first 60 seconds of the second half to push a VCU 10-point halftime lead to 41-25. Fordham never seriously threatened again
- VCU moved ahead by 21 a short time later when Hyland buried a trey following a steal by sophomore forward Vince Williams
- VCU shot 42 percent (23-of-54) from the field. The Rams’ smothering defense held Fordham to a mere 32 percent (8-of-25) in the second half and 39 percent (17-of-43) overall
- VCU outscored Fordham 22-5 off turnovers
- Senior guard Marcus Evans handed out six assists and turned it over just once
- VCU has turned the ball over just nine times in each of its past two games
- VCU has won 21 consecutive home games dating back to last season
- VCU’s bench contributed 23 points while Fordham’s reserves provided just nine
- VCU leads the all-time series with Fordham 10-1 and the Black and Gold is 10-0 at home this season
The Rams will travel to Fairfax County on Sunday, Dec. 5 to compete against conference rival George Mason. The game is slated for a noon tip and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
Photos and Game Summary: VCU Stumbles Against Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s defense held the Rams to a measly 31% shooting percentage.
VCU (12-4,2-1 Atlantic): 56
Rhode Island (10-5,2-1 Atlantic): 65
The Short Story: Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins poured in a team-high 14 points for VCU, but Rhode Island halted a late comeback by the Black and Gold Saturday.
- Marcus-Santos Silva recorded his sixth double-double of the season, and 12th of his career, for VCU after racking up 11 points and 14 rebounds. The junior forward also blocked two shots
- Jenkins connected on 6-of-14 attempts from the floor and added six rebounds and three assists
- Senior guard Marcus Evans played a season-high 33 minutes while contributing 11 points for the Black and Gold
- Jeff Dowtin led all Rhode Island scorers with 21 points on the afternoon. Fatts Russell added 16 points and seven steals
- Rhode Island held VCU to 31 percent (21-of-67) shooting in the game, including 21 percent (6-of-28) from 3-point range
- URI shot 46 percent (12-of-26) in the first half on the way to a 35-28 lead at the break
- Rhody also owned a 43-40 edge on the glass and connected on 19-of-22 free throws
- VCU trailed by as many as 15 points with 4:42 left in the first half, but limited Rhode Island to 29 percent (9-of-31) shooting in the second half as the Black and Gold mounted their comeback
- VCU never led, but pulled to within one point, at 51-50 with 6:46 left, on a putback by Santos-Silva. But Rhode Island’s Antwan Walker answered on the next possession with a drive for two, and URI knocked down 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to keep VCU at bay
- VCU forced more turnovers (15-14), but Rhode Island owned a 19-14 advantage on points off turnovers
- VCU grabbed 15 offensive rebounds in the game, including six by Santos-Silva
- The two teams combined to shoot 10-of-42 from 3-point range in the game
The Rams will travel to nationally ranked Dayton on Tuesday, Jan 14. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
Photos and Game Summary: Spiders Fall to St. Louis
A poor second half and missed three-pointers lead to Spider defeat.
University of Richmond (12-4,2-1 Atlantic 10): 58
Saint Louis (14-3,3-1 Atlantic 10): 74
The University of Richmond men’s basketball team was on the wrong end of a 21-2 second-half run that spurred Saint Louis to a 74-58 win over the Spiders at the Robins Center Saturday. The loss snapped Richmond’s eight-game home win streak.
The Spiders (12-4, 2-1 in the Atlantic 10) struggled shooting in the loss, connecting on just 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from the field and only 19.0 percent (4-of-21) from three-point range. Richmond was also out-scored 48-26 in the paint as the Billikens finished the game shooting 50.9 percent (28-of-55) from the field, with many of their shots coming at or near the basket. Saint Louis (14-3, 3-1) forced the Spiders into 15 turnovers while getting a game-high 26 points from Jordan Goodwin, who shot 10-19 from the field and played all 40 minutes.
Junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) became the fourth active Spider to reach the 1,000-career point mark as he finished with a team-high 17 points. Sherod joined the club with a three-pointer in the second half and now has 1,003 career points. Richmond is the only team in NCAA Division I this year that has four 1,000 career point scorers on the roster.
Junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) became the program’s all-time leader in career steals early in the second half, surpassing the previous record held by Greg Beckwith (227). Gilyard finished the game with three steals, raising his career mark to 230. He entered the game ranked first in NCAA Division I this season averaging 3.33 steals per game.
The first half saw the two teams unable to separate from each other as neither team was able to build more than a five-point advantage. Saint Louis held a 16-12 lead at the 11:49 mark before the Spiders scored four-straight from junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.), including a three-point play in the paint. The Billikens retook the lead at 25-20 before the Spiders posted a 11-4 run, taking a 31-29 lead in the last minute of the half. Freshman Tyler Burton (Uxbridge, Mass.) had the energy-providing play during the run, converting a three-point play down low to tie the game at 29-29. The teams went into the locker room deadlocked at 31-31.
Richmond took a 43-37 lead early in the second half, courtesy of a 10-2 run. Sherod scored five-straight from the post during the stretch, while junior guard Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.) nailed a three-pointer in transition to extend the lead. Saint Louis came right back and scored the game’s next 10 points on its way to a 21-2 run that gave the Billikens a 58-45 lead with 6:57 remaining. Richmond began to foul to force the Billikens, who entered the game shooting 57 percent from the free-throw line, to the charity stripe. But Saint Louis shot 14-18 from the foul line in the second half to keep Richmond from threatening down the stretch.
The Spiders hit the road for a pair of games next week, beginning Tuesday night when they visit Davidson. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPNU.
Photos and Game Summary: VCU Stomps Loyola by 34 Points
The Rams rained down threes on the visitors.
VCU (10-3,0-0 Atlantic 10): 85
Loyola Md. (8-5,0-0 Patriot): 51
The short story: VCU held Loyola (Md.) to a mere 20 second-half points en route to the Rams’ largest victory of the season. Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins and freshman guard Bones Hyland both racked up 15 points on the night.
- Jenkins was explosive from behind the arc with five triples, tying a career-high for three-pointers in a game
- Hyland’s 15 points were a career-best, and all of his points came by way of three-point shots. He was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and added five assists (with no turnovers) and a pair of steals
- KeShawn Curry added 12 for the Rams, a career-high for the VCU sophomore guard
- VCU drained a season-high 14 triples, which accounted for 42 of its points
- Andrew Kostecka led the way for the Greyhounds, scoring a game-high 30 points.
- Loyola took a brief 10-7 lead in the first minutes of the game, but the Rams quickly overcame the deficit and never relinquished the lead
- Jenkins sparked a 10-4 spurt with a pair of 3-pointers in the early stages of the second half to push VCU’s lead to 50-35
- Hyland later helped the Rams assume a commanding 69-42 lead with a pair of 3-pointers that ignited a 16-0 run
- VCU closed the game on a 14-0 run, capped by a vicious alley-oop dunk by freshman Tre Clark
- The Rams shot 50 percent (31-of-62) from the field overall, including 41 percent (14-of-34) from behind the 3-point arc. VCU held the Greyhounds to 39 percent (20-of-52) shooting, including 30 percent (8-of-27) in the second half
- Twelve VCU players scored. The Rams bench contributed 52 points
- VCU has won 20 consecutive home games dating back to last season
- VCU’s 52 bench points were its most since it scored 56 against Belmont on Dec. 16, 2014
- Sunday’s game was VCU’s first in eight days
- VCU’s non-conference slate is complete
VCU will remain at the Siegel Center to open up conference play on Thursday, Jan. 2 against Fordham. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on MASN and ESPN+.