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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Continue to Roll Beating JMU

VCU has won five straight games to close out non-conference play. The Rams have not trailed in the last 189:47 of game time.

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WILLIAMS HELPS VCU HOLD OFF LATE CHARGE FROM JMU

Score: VCU 82, James Madison 81
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 7-2, James Madison 3-3

The short story: Junior forward Vince Williams hit a crucial step-back jumper in the final minute and flirted with a double-double as VCU held off comeback-minded James Madison for the Rams’ fifth straight victory.

OPENING TIP

  • Williams led VCU with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in 33 minutes of action. He connected on 5-of-10 attempts from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range
  • Freshman point guard Ace Baldwin supplied eight points and handed out a career-high 10 assists for VCU
  • Sophomore guard Bones Hyland also dropped 15 for the Black & Gold, while junior guard KeShawn Curry, in his first game back following a shoulder injury on Dec. 2, poured in 13 points off the bench
  • Freshman Jamir Watkins and sophomore Tre Clark added nine points each for the Rams, while Corey Douglas provided seven rebounds and five blocks
  • CAA Preseason Player of the Year Matt Lewis paced the Dukes with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU built a 21-point first half lead behind a defense that forced 14 turnovers and limited the Dukes to 39 percent shooting (10-of-26) in the opening period
  • JMU used a 9-0 burst to close within 77-74 with 1:30 remaining. On the ensuing possession, the left-handed Williams buried a step-back 17-footer from the right elbow with 41 seconds remaining and the shot clock running low to keep the Dukes at bay. The Rams hit 3-of-4 free throws in the remaining moments to clinch the victory
  • VCU forced 18 turnovers and turned those into 22 points
  • The Rams shot .455 (30-of-66) from the field. James Madison hurt itself with 12 missed free throws (15-of-27)

NOTABLE

  • VCU has won five straight games to close out non-conference play. The Rams have not trailed in the last 189:47 of game time
  • Baldwin’s 10 assists were the most by a Ram since Samir Doughty dished out 10 in a win over Saint Joseph’s on Feb. 14, 2017
  • This was the first meeting between these two schools since 2012. VCU leads the all-time series 45-21

UP NEXT

VCU is scheduled to kick off Atlantic 10 Conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 30 against Saint Joseph’s at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia, Pa. The game is scheduled to tip-off at noon on NBC Sports Washington.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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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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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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