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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 Downed by Davidson

The Rams gave up the lead late in the second half and Davidson kept it that way.

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Official Game Summary

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.

OPENING TIP

  • 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

THE DIFFERENCE

  • 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

NOTABLE

  • 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

NEXT UP
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.

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Photos and Game Summary: VCU Trounce GW

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Official VCU Game Summary

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

OPENING TIP

  • 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

THE DIFFERENCE

  • 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

NOTABLE

  • 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

NEXT UP
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.

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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.

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Official VCU Game Summary

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.

OPENING TIP

  • 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

THE DIFFERENCE

  • 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

NOTABLE

  • 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

NEXT UP
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.

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