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Photos and Game Summary: Another Impressive Win for the Rams

In-state rival ODU had no answers for VCU this weekend. The final score was VCU 77, Old Dominion 54

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VCU DEFENSE SMOTHERS RIVAL ODU, KEYS BLOWOUT WIN

Score: VCU 77, Old Dominion 54
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 5-2, Old Dominion 2-2

The story: VCU utilized a 21-4 first-half run, fueled by suffocating defense and lights-out shooting beyond the arc, to down rival Old Dominion 77-54 in a wire-to-wire win Saturday night at the Stuart C. Seigel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Sophomore guard Bones Hyland paced the Rams with 15 points and six steals
  • Junior forward Vince Williams Jr. chipped in 11 points, knocking down 4-6 free throws and collecting eight boards
  • Freshman forward Mikeal Brown-Jones totaled 10 points on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting from the field and grabbed five rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU forced 17 ODU turnovers and held the Monarchs to 39 percent (21-of-54) shooting in the game. Old Dominion was 3-of-15 from beyond the 3-point arc in the game
  • The Rams separated from the Monarchs early in the contest with a 21-4 run that included four 3-pointers and gave VCU a commanding 28-10 lead with 5:36 left in the half
  • VCU missed its first five 3-pointers in the game, but proceeded to knock down five of its next six attempts as it build its lead
  • VCU’s depth shown through as the Rams outscored the Monarchs 34-18 in bench points
  • The Rams crashed the boards hard and won the rebounding battle by a 40-29 margin

NOTABLE

The Rams held the Monarchs scoreless for the first 5:38 of the game. The duration is the longest an opponent has failed to score an opening bucket since Jacksonville State took five minutes and 55 seconds on Nov. 17, 2019.

  • VCU improves to 52-44 all time against Old Dominion including 3-1 in the Mike Rhoades era
  • VCU totaled 30+ points in the paint for the sixth time this season
  • Hyland tallied a career-high six steals. In addition, the sophomore guard has scored in double figures for 10-straight games, dating back to the 2019-20 season
  • Williams scored 10+ points and grabbed 5+ rebounds for the second time this season and the fourth time in his career

UP NEXT

VCU will close out its four-game homestand against Western Carolina 7 p.m. ET Tuesday at the Siegel Center. The game will air on MASN and 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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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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