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Photos and Game Summary: VCU Ends Losing Streak in Decisive Fashion

VCU rack up 75 points to George Washington’s 51, ending a 5 game streak.

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VCU (18-11,8-8 Atlantic): 75
George Washington ((12-17,6-10 Atlantic): 51

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The short story: VCU shot 56 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in a strong bounce-back win over George Washington at the Siegel Center Saturday afternoon.

OPENING TIP

  • Senior guard Mike’L Simms led all scorers with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting on the day, including a 4-of-5 performance from three. The Richmond native added six rebounds, two assists and a steal
  • Sophomore guard Keshawn Curry and freshman guard Bones Hyland contributed 13 points each. Hyland added five rebounds and four assists
  • Freshman center Hason Ward dunked his way to a career-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting
  • Maceo Jack paced the Colonials’ offense with 12 points, but was held to 4-of-13 shooting
  • George Washington shot just 39.1 percent (18-of-46) from the field and 27.8 percent (5-of-18) on 3-point attempts

THE DIFFERENCE

  • The Colonials opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, but Simms and redshirt senior forward Issac Vann knocked down back-to-back threes in response. That kicked off a 16-2 VCU run that put the Rams ahead by 11 with 13:58 to go in the first half
  • GW fought back to make it a four-point game, 32-28, heading into halftime
  • A 14-3 run to open the second half gave the Rams some breathing room and they did not trail for the rest of the game
  • VCU pushed its lead to as much as 27 in the second half thanks to a blazing-hot 68-percent (17-of-25) shooting percentage over the final 20 minutes
  • The Rams scored 22 points off of 16 George Washington turnovers and earned a 34-24 advantage in points in the paint

NOTABLE

  • The Rams improved to 14-3 at home this season
  • VCU out-rebounded George Washington, 30-27, in the contest and improved to 9-1 when winning the battle of the boards
  • All 10 players who saw the floor for VCU scored, including freshman guard Arnold Henderson IV who notched four points in the final two minutes

NEXT UP
VCU welcomes Duquesne to the Siegel Center on Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. for the final regular season home game of the 2019-20 season.

 

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NBC12 Reporting Two Police Officers and Suspect Shot on Semmes

At around 1:25 a.m., RPD officers were called to investigate a report of an armed person in the 800 block of Semmes Avenue. When they arrived, gunfire erupted.

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From NBC12:

Two Richmond Police officers and a suspect are injured after a shooting on the city’s south side early Tuesday morning.

At around 1:25 a.m., RPD officers were called to investigate a report of an armed person in the 800 block of Semmes Avenue.

When they arrived, gunfire erupted.

The officers and suspect were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Sources said one officer was hit in the torso and has serious injuries, the other having non-life-threatening injuries. Sources said both are stable.

Two additional suspects were detained for questioning.

The Department’s Force Investigation Team will investigate the shooting and prepare a report for review by the RPD Chief of Police and submission to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

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Richmond Police, Mayor Stoney apologize after tear gas deployed before curfew on protesters

Protesters took to the streets of Richmond again Tuesday night and were met with a forceful response and the deployment of tear gas by Richmond Police – an action for which the department and Mayor Stoney later apologized.

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Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Richmond again Monday afternoon and evening to speak out after the death of George Floyd. The group organized near both the Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart Monuments on Monument Avenue and remained mainly peaceful until police approached demonstrators at the Lee statue and deployed tear gas, as can be seen below from the below Twitter video from VPM.

Around the same time, reports began coming in that protesters at the Stuart monument were attempting to bring it down. A young demonstrator scaled the base of the statue and took what appeared to be a hack saw to the leg of the monument’s horse in an effort to bring it down. Police responded by calling on protesters to stand down, citing the weight of the monuments and their potential to crush bystanders.

Richmond Police and Mayor Levar Stoney later apologized for the deployment of tear gas on peaceful protesters – well below the 8:00 PM curfew – saying it was uncalled for and inviting protesters to City Hall at noon Tuesday to “apologize in person.” For its part, RPD said the officers involved had been “removed from the field” and would be subject to disciplinary action.

The protesters then continued marching down Franklin Street, then W. Broad Street, where things fizzled out around 10:30 PM near 14th Street.

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PHOTOS: Protests continue for third day around Richmond, tear gas deployed as marchers ignore 8PM curfew

Hundreds of protesters rallied at sites around town Sunday as the third day of protests in response to the death of George Floyd took place in Richmond.

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Hundreds of protesters rallied at sites around town Sunday as the third day of protests in response to the death of George Floyd took place in Richmond. Protesters gathered at peaceful rallies on Brown’s Island and at the 17th Street Farmers Market downtown on Sunday morning.

Later in the day, another group formed at the Lee and Jackson monuments on Monument Avenue in the Fan. As dusk approached, the group made their way east on Franklin Street, turning onto W. Grace Street and then Broad Street near City Hall and Children’s Hospital at VCU.

An 8:00 PM curfew put in place by Mayor Levar Stoney did not deter most protesters, who continued marching and chanting until Richmond Police deployed tear gas and pepper spray into the crowd. Slowly, over the course of an hour, protesters dispersed.

Many businesses along W. Broad Street from Arthur Ashe Boulevard to the Arts District, already left cleaning up broken glass and graffiti Sunday morning from Saturday night’s protests, were left on edge, though there were far fewer reports of property damage Sunday.  Many of the businesses affected were small or minority-owned. By Sunday, many showed their support for the protests, spray painting “Black Lives Matter” or “Small/Minority-Owned” on their window coverings to both show solidarity and deter further damage.

Photographer Dave Parrish caught much of the Fan/Downtown protest Sunday afternoon and files these photos.

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