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Photos and Game Summary: VCU Defense Tames the Wildcats

VCU forced 16 first-half turnovers and outscored Davidson 23-7 off of those turnovers.

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VCU (17-6,7-3 Atlantic): 73
Davidson (11-11,5-5 Atlantic): 62

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Official VCU Game Summary

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.

OPENING TIP

  • 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

THE DIFFERENCE

  • 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

NOTABLE

  • 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

NEXT UP
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.

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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.

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Official VCU Game Summary

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.

OPENING TIP

  • 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

THE DIFFERENCE

  • 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

NOTABLE

  • 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

UP NEXT

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+.

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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.

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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
time.”

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.

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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.

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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.

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