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Official Game VCU Summary

Score: VCU 60, Mount St. Mary’s 42

Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 3-2, Mount St. Mary’s 1-3

The short story: VCU used a 23-2 first-half run, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from sophomore guard Bones Hyland, to separate from the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers and earn a 60-42 win Saturday afternoon at the Siegel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Hyland poured in a team-high 14 points and collected two steals to pace the Rams. He was 4-of-8 from 3-point range
  • Senior forward Levi Stockard III chipped in eight points on 4-of-6 shooting
  • Freshman guard Ace Baldwin showed his versatility, grabbing five rebounds, dishing out five assists and recording two steals
  • Dakota Leffew paced Mount St. Mary’s with 14 points

 THE DIFFERENCE

  • With the score tied a 12-12 midway through the first half, sophomore forward Hason Ward swiped the ball away from Mountaineers forward František Barton. VCU freshman forward Mikeal Brown-Jones converted the turnover into a one-handed dunk on the other end and kicked off a run that stretched to 17-0 and eventually 23-2. Hyland provided 11 of those 23. VCU was never seriously threatened again
  • VCU scored 26 points off 22 Mount St. Mary’s turnovers
  • The Rams dominated in the paint, outscoring the Mountaineers 30-18 down low

NOTABLE

  • The Rams have won 16-straight home openers dating back to the 2003-04 season
  • VCU’s 17 steals were the most recorded by a Ram’s team since Dec. 12, 2015 (Buffalo)
  • VCU improved to 4-0 all-time against Mount St. Mary’s
  • Hyland scored in double figures for the fifth-straight game to open the season

NEXT UP
VCU will play host to North Carolina A&T on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Siegel Center. That game will be broadcast on MASN2.

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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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Photos and Game Summary: Ram’s Home Winning Streak Comes to an End

Rhode Island handed the Rams their first loss at home. Final score Rhode Island 83, VCU 68.

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Official VCU Game Summary

HYLAND’S 24 NOT ENOUGH FOR VCU AGAINST RHODE ISLAND

Score: Rhode Island 83, VCU 68
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 9-3 (2-1 A-10), Rhode Island 6-6 (4-2)

The story: Sophomore guard Bones Hyland’s 24-point performance was not enough for VCU Men’s Basketball as it suffered 83-68 loss to Rhode Island Saturday night at the Stuart C. Seigel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Hyland led the Rams in scoring for the ninth time this season. The sophomore also collected five rebounds in the contest. The Wilmington, Del. native scored 19 of his 24 in the second half and connected on 8-of-19 field goals
  • Junior guard KeShawn Curry chipped in 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Black and Gold
  • Sophomore forward Hason Ward bolstered the VCU defense tallying four blocks. Ward also contributed eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field
  • Fatts Russell and Jeremy Sheppard contributed 23 and 20 points, respectively, to lead Rhode Island

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Rhode Island a 17-2 scoring run over more than six minutes in the second half to take a commanding 71-56 lead with 7:05 left. Russell punctuated the decisive run with a step-back 3-pointer as the shot clock expired
  • VCU battled hard in a back-and-forth first half. The game was knotted at 40 when the teams entered the locker room
  • Rhode Island won the rebounding battle 41-26, including 25-8 in the second half
  • Rhody shot .481 (26-of-54) from the field, including .571 (8-of-14) from 3-point range

NOTABLE

  • The game featured 10 lead changes and nine ties
  • VCU recorded 11 blocks in the game, marking the second time this year the Black and Gold registered double-digit blocks
  • The Rams outscored Rhode Island in bench points 29-22. VCU has outscored opposing benches in 11 of 12 games this season
  • Hyland scored 20+ points for the fifth time this season
  • Ward tied his career high with four blocks

UP NEXT

VCU will travel to Washington, D.C. to take on George Washington 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The game will air on ESPN+ and NBC Sports Washington.

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