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.
- 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
- 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
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
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+.
Photos and Game Summary: With Saturday Win VCU Advances to A-10 Title Game
VCU advances to its sixth A-10 Championship Game (of eight possible) since it joined the league in 2012.
Atlantic 10 Conference Semifinals
Final Score: #2 VCU 64, #3 Davidson 52
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 19-6, Davidson 13-8
The Short Story: A balanced scoring attack combined with a smothering defensive effort pushed VCU past Davidson in a hard-fought Atlantic 10 Conference Semifinal matchup. The win sets up a clash between top-seeded St. Bonaventure and second-seeded VCU in the A-10 Championship Game on Sunday, March 14 at 1 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio. The contest will be broadcast on CBS.
- Defense ruled the day as VCU sophomore forward Hason Ward led the Rams with four blocks and the Black and Gold held the Wildcats to just 30 percent (17-for-57) shooting in the game
- For the second game in a row, Bones Hyland led the Rams in scoring with 12 points. The sophomore also put up four assists, and grabbed five rebounds
- VCU freshman guard Ace Baldwin dished out seven assists to go with seven points and four boards
- Freshman guard Jamir Watkins provided a spark for the Rams off the bench pouring in 10 points, two assists and five rebounds
- Senior forward Corey Douglas connected on all five of his field-goal attempts on the way to 10 points and five rebounds for VCU
- Davidson’s Hyunjung Lee and Kellan Grady each put up 13 points to lead all scorers
- VCU benefited from 25 bench points compared to Davidson’s 10
- Both teams struggled to find their rhythm in the first half. VCU shot 31 percent (9-of-29) while the Wildcats shot just 17 percent (5-of-30) from the field. With just seven seconds left in the opening period Hyland swiped the ball from Davidson’s Grant Huffman and Baldwin converted on a fast break layup that sent the Rams into the break with a 24-17 advantage
- In the second half, Watkins and Douglas provided the lift that VCU needed following their early struggles from the field. Douglas scored three straight baskets during one critical stretch to give the Rams a The two combined for 18 points off the bench in a second half which featured VCU shooting 64 percent (17-of-36) from the field
- Davidson was just 9-of-27 from 3-point range, including 3-of-14 in the first half
- VCU advances to its sixth A-10 Championship Game (of eight possible) since it joined the league in 2012
- It is the first time since 2017 that the Rams will compete for the A-10 crown
- VCU improves to 6-0 all-time in the A-10 Semifinals
- For the second time this season VCU forced an opponent to shoot 30 percent from the field or lower (North Carolina A&T, 12/09/20)
- Davidson scored 99 points and shot 59 percent from the field Friday night in its quarterfinal game against George Mason, but the Wildcats had no such luck Saturday
- Three different Rams scored in double-figures
Photos and Game Summary: Rams Fall to UVA in Saturday Soccer Action
Rams goalkeeper Brecht Haakma recorded a season-high eight saves in the match as Virginia outshot VCU 24-5.
Final Score: UVA 2, VCU 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 3-2-1, UVA 10-3-1
THE SHORT STORY
Redshirt junior Samantha Jerabek’s goal in the 52nd minute drew VCU within one of No. 8 Virginia, but the Rams were unable to find the equalizer, falling 2-1 Saturday night at the Sports Backers Stadium.
- Jerabek’s goal was her Atlantic-10 leading sixth of the season
- Rams goalkeeper Brecht Haakma recorded a season-high eight saves in the match
- Virginia outshot VCU 24-5
- The Cavaliers held possession for 71% of the match
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Trailing by two, Jerabek pushed the ball down the right sideline, made a quick cut to the inside and fired a shot from just outside the box into the top right corner of the goal
- In the 12th minute, Virginia earned a free kick. Cavaliers freshman Lia Godfrey struck a shot on goal that was deflected by Haakma, but the rebound found the right foot of junior Claire Constant who placed it in the back of the net
- Following a corner in the 51st minute, Virginia fired a series of shots on goal. The ball squirted out to sophomore Diana Ordonez who put it away in the bottom right corner of the net
The Rams will be back at Sports Backers Stadium on Sunday, March 14th to face crosstown rival in the seventh game of their eight-game season-opening homestand. The match is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. will be available for live stream on ESPN+.
Photos and Game Summary: A-10 Tournament Friday Night Win for the Rams Over Dayton
Hyland scored 22 of his 30 points in the first half as VCU built an 11-point lead. The sophomore also recorded 10 rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Atlantic 10 Conference Quarterfinals
Score: VCU 73, Dayton 68
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 18-6, Dayton 14-9
The short story: VCU sophomore guard Bones Hyland returned to the lineup with 30 points and 10 rebounds to propel the Rams past Dayton and into the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Semifinals. Second-seeded VCU will meet third-seeded Davidson on Saturday, March 6 at 9 p.m. with a championship game berth on the line. CBS Sports Network will broadcast that contest.
- Hyland scored 22 of his 30 points in the first half as VCU built an 11-point lead. The sophomore also recorded 10 rebounds, three steals and three assists. It’s Hyland’s third double-double of the season
- Rams’ sophomore forward Hason Ward submitted an all-around performance with 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks
- VCU freshman guard Ace Baldwin chipped in 10 points and two assists for the black and gold
- Rams’ senior forward Corey Douglas converted 3-of-5 from the field and finished with eight points, three blocks and a pair of steals off the bench
- Jalen Crutcher led Dayton with 21 points
- VCU opened the game on an 11-1 run that as capped off by a steal and layup by Hyland
- The Flyers chipped away at the Rams’ lead late in the first half and cut the deficit to seven with 1:44 remaining before the break. VCU responded with a 6-2 burst, punctuated by a Hyland fallaway jumper as the halftime buzzer sounded
- Leading 40-30 with 16:44 left in the game, the Rams went on a 15-6 run that stretched the VCU advantage to 19, the largest of the game
- Dayton responded with a 20-7 run of their own to climb back into the contest. The Flyers trailed by six with just under four minutes remaining
- Hyland and Douglas each sunk a pair of free throws to push the Rams’ lead back to double digits as VCU held off the Flyers in the final minutes and secured the five-point win
- The Rams dominated around the basket scoring 38 points in the paint to Dayton’s 22
- VCU forced 21 Dayton turnovers and converted those into 22 points
VCU returns to the A-10 semifinals for the sixth time since joining the league prior to the 2012-13 season. The Rams are unbeaten (5-0) in their previous semifinal appearances
Hyland leads VCU this season with his three double-doubles
Friday marked the third time this season Hyland had reached the 30-point mark. The sophomore was one point shy of his career-high of 31 he scored earlier this season against Western Carolina
VCU recorded double-digit steals for the fourth time this season
Dayton’s 21 turnovers mark a season-high for the Flyers
The Rams are 14-6 all-time in A-10 Tournament games