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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Squeak Out the Win

It was a close one but VCU managed to beat St. Peters by a score of 57 to 54. The Rams have won 16 straight home openers, a streak that dates to the 2005-06 season.

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Score: VCU 57, Saint Peter’s 54
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 1-0, Saint Peter’s 0-1

The short story: Junior forward Hason Ward tipped in a go-ahead basket, and VCU forced a pair of critical, late turnovers in the final 25 seconds to preserve and opening night victory at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Ward tallied a career-high 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. He was 6-of-8 from the field on the night
  • Senior guard KeShawn Curry added 12 points, three steals, three assists and a block for the Black and Gold
  • Freshman guard Jayden Nunn chipped in nine points and contributed a team-high four steals in his collegiate debut for the Rams
  • Doug Edert led the Peacocks with 17 points going 5-of-7 from 3-point range

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Saint Peter’s took a 54-53 lead on a layup by KC Ndefo with 1:59 remaining. The game remained scoreless for more than a minute before Ward, crashing hard from the right block, tipped in a long rebound with 25 seconds remaining for a 55-54 VCU lead. The Rams forced turnovers on the next two possessions, and senior forward Vince Williams hit a pair of free throws for the final margin
  • VCU blocked 12 shots in the game, including 11 in the first half alone
  • VCU held the Peacocks to 31 percent (18-of-58) shooting from the field and turned the Peacocks over 21 times. The Rams held Saint Peter’s to 21-percent (7-of-33) shooting in the first half on the way to a 31-23 halftime lead
  • The Rams outscored the Peacocks 30-20 in the paint
  • VCU converted 19-of-27 free throws while the Peacocks went 11-of-14 from the stripe

NOTABLE

  • The Rams have won 16 straight home openers, a streak that dates to the 2005-06 season
  • VCU led for 37:42 of the game’s 40 minutes
  • VCU improved to 2-0 all-time against Saint Peter’s

NEXT UP
VCU will play host to Wagner on Saturday Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Siegel Center. That game will be broadcast on MASN2 and ESPN+

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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Hold Off Fourth Period Surge to Beat Boston College

BC went on a 23-7 run across 5:20 of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 62-60 with 37 seconds on the clock, led by Taylor Soule, who scored a game-high 20 points. VCU knocked down 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to close out the win.

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Final Score: VCU 69, Boston College 65
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 5-2, Boston College 6-2

The short story: Efficient scoring efforts from graduate guard Taya Robinson and redshirt junior forward Samantha Robinson led four Rams in double figures as VCU held off a hard-charging Boston College for their second straight win.

OPENING TIP:

  • Including the Rams’ 60-47 win over Washington on Nov. 25, VCU now has two wins against current members of Power 5 conferences in the same season for the first time since 1995-96.
  • Taya Robinson scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while adding four steals and three rebounds.
  • Samantha Robinson added a season-high 11 points, sinking five of her six field goal attempts.
  • Redshirt senior guard Janika Griffith-Wallace and sophomore guard Sarah Te-Biasu poured in 15 and 10 points, respectively, to round out the Rams in double figures. Te-Biasu also collected four steals, while Griffith-Wallace had three.
  • Redshirt junior forward Chloe Bloom grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
  • Sophomore guard Dasia Townes tied her career high with seven points.
  • VCU forced the Eagles into 30 turnovers, including 15 steals, converting that into 29 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU scored the first four points of the game with a Griffith-Wallace floater in the lane, and a driving lay-up form Te-Biasu.
  • Samantha Robinson started 3-for-3 from the floor, finishing a driving lay-up from the baseline to put VCU ahead 11-9.
  • Taya Robinson scored all 11 VCU points in the second quarter, including the first six points of the period. After BC took its first lead with 1:44 left in the half, Griffith-Wallace drove and kicked a pass to Robinson, who drained a three to put VCU back up 24-23.
  • After trailing 25-24 at halftime, the Rams outscored the Eagles 22-10 in the third quarter.
  • Taya Robinson opened the third with a pull-up jumper to reclaim the lead for VCU, but BC responded with a lay-up to go up 27-26, their last lead of the game.
  • Griffith-Wallace knocked down a three off an assist from Taya Robinson to give VCU a 29-27 advantage. After Te-Biasu stole a BC pass on the ensuing possession, redshirt senior guard Madison Hattix-Covington hit a turnaround jumper to push the lead to 31-27.
  • Moments later, Taya Robinson intercepted an Eagles pass, then threw the ball ahead to a sprinting Hattix-Covington under the basket, who pulled the ball out and dished to redshirt freshman Grace Hudson for a wide-open three.
  • The Rams continued to capitalize off BC turnovers as Samantha Robinson finished a reverse lay-up with a flourish after a Griffith-Wallace steal.
  • VCU scored the final five points of the third quarter to claim a 46-35 lead.
  • Samantha Robinson opened the fourth quarter by making a driving lay-up on one end, and stealing a pass on the other. The Rams led by as many as 17 points early in the fourth.
  • BC went on a 23-7 run across 5:20 of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 62-60 with 37 seconds on the clock, led by Taylor Soule, who scored a game-high 20 points.
  • VCU knocked down 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to close out the win.

UP NEXT
The Rams travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to face perennial Mid-American Conference contender Buffalo on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.

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Photos and Game Summary: Bench Comes Up Strong as VCU Defeats Campbell

VCU’s bench outscored Campbell’s 17-5 as the Rams win by 4 points.

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Score: VCU 65, Campbell 61
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 4-4, Campbell 6-2

The short story: Four Rams scored in double figures as VCU overcame a slow start and outlasted Campbell 65-61 Saturday evening in the Siegel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Senior forward Vince Williams put in a complete performance to lead VCU. The Toledo, Ohio native provided 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists, five steals, and two blocks. He connected on 4-of-8 attempts from the floor
  • Senior guard Keshawn Curry added 12 points, two rebounds, one assist, and four steals for the Black and Gold
  • VCU freshman guard Jayden Nunn and graduate forward Levi Stockard III each contributed 10 points, while Stockard grabbed six rebounds
  • Freshman forward Jalen DeLoach gave VCU a boost off the bench with six points and four rebounds, three offensive
  • Cedric Henderson and Jesus Carralero contributed tallied 20 and 19 points, respectively, to lead Campbell

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Campbell used an early 17-0 run to build a 20-4 with 13:20 left in the first half, but VCU continued to chip away. A 14-2 VCU run, punctuated by a DeLoach stickback, pulled the Rams within 22-18. Later, Williams buried a 3-pointer from the wing to push VCU in front 43-40 with 15:11 remaining
  • The teams traded baskets in the middle part of the second half, but a 12-0 burst, which included five straight points from sophomore guard Josh Banks, as well as a 3-pointer by Curry, gave the Rams the lead for good at 63-54 with 4:18 left. Campbell eventually whittled that advantage to just 63-61 with 26 seconds on the clock, but Nunn converted both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity with 20 seconds left to seal the VCU victory
  • VCU and Campbell battled in a back-and-forth second half that featured seven lead changes and four ties

NOTABLE

  • Saturday’s win marked the first time this season four Rams have scored in double figures
  • The win extends VCU’s record against Campbell to 3-0
  • The Rams outscored the Camels 21-17 off turnovers and 13-5 in second-chance opportunities
  • VCU’s bench outscored Campbell’s 17-5
  • Stockard has topped double figures in three of the past four games

NEXT UP
VCU hosts Jacksonville State for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The game will air on MASN and ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: Ram Fall to Chattanooga

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Score: Chattanooga 56, VCU 54
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 2-2, Chattanooga 4-0

The short story: Chattanooga’s Malachi Smith hit a short jumper with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift the Mocs past VCU in a tough, back-and-forth contest.

OPENING TIP

  • Vince Williams led all scorers with a career-high 21 points and six rebounds. He connected on 7-of-10 attempts, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range
  • Freshman guard Jayden Nunn tallied 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and added a pair of assists for the Black and Gold
  • Senior guard KeShawn Curry contributed nine points in the contest for VCU
  • In addition to the game-winning shot, Malachi Smith paced Chattanooga with 20 points and five rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Chattanooga owned a 30-26 edge on the glass. The Mocs corralled 11 offensive boards, which produced nine second-chance points
  • Williams scored seven of VCU’s final 10 points and tied the game twice in the last 65 seconds, once on a pair of free throws with 1:05 remaining (52-52) and again with a lefty floater in the lane with 25 seconds on the clock (54-54)
  • VCU trailed by as many as nine points, at 44-35 with 9:22 left, but the Rams embarked on a 9-0 run, capped by a Williams 3-pointer, to tie the game at 44-all

NOTABLE

  • The game featured 10 ties, including six in the second half, and three lead changes
  • VCU shot a season-high .478 (22-of-46) in the game, including .571 (12-of-21) in the second half

NEXT UP
VCU travels to Paradise, Bahamas to face Syracuse in the Battle 4 Atlantis at 5 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 24. The game will air on ESPN2.

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