Score: Wagner 58, VCU 44
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 1-1, Wagner 2-0
The short story: Senior guard KeShawn Curry’s 12 points and junior forward Hason Ward’s three blocks and six rebounds were not enough for VCU as it suffered a 58-44 loss to Wagner Saturday night at the Siegel Center.
- Curry led the Rams in scoring, adding four rebounds and two assists. He connected on 4-of-8 attempts from the floor
- Ward grabbed six rebounds in addition to his team-high effort in blocks
- Freshman forward Jalen DeLoach went 3-for-4 from the floor, adding six points and four rebounds
- Graduate forward Levi Stockard III tallied seven points, three rebounds, and one assist
- Junior guard Marcus Tsohonis chipped in seven points and shot 2-of-3 from the field. He also contributed a team-high five assists
- Alex Morales and Elijah Ford contributed 20 and 14 points, respectively, to lead Wagner
- The Rams took their largest lead of the night at 15-9 on a second-chance dunk by Ward midway through the first half. VCU led until the Seahawks tied the game up with 1:46 left on a driving layup by Martinez
- Wagner took the lead after a made free throw at the end of the first half. The Seahawks maintained the lead for the rest of the game
- After being down seven points with 14:30 left, the Rams went on a 5-0 run capped off by Josh Banks’ 3-point jumper on the fast break to climb within two at 37-35 with 13:32 remaining
- The Rams were unable to catch Wagner, as the Seahawks shot 21-of-57 from the field and went 8-for-9 from the free throw line
- Wagner won the rebounding battle 42-24
- The game featured six lead changes and three ties
- The Rams outscored Wagner in bench points 16-13
VCU travels to Nashville, Tenn. to take on Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The game will air on SEC+.
Photos and Game Summary: VCU Dominates Saint Joseph’s
The Rams outscored the Hawks 38-14 in points in the paint and led 14-6 in second chance points.
Official VCU Game Summary
Score: VCU 70, Saint Joseph’s 54
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 11-6 (4-2 Atlantic 10), Saint Joseph’s 8-9 (2-4)
The short story: Senior forward Vince Williams Jr. tied a career-high with 21 points and VCU forced 27 turnovers on the way to a 70-54 win Saturday at the Siegel Center.
- Williams also corralled seven rebounds and connected on 7-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Williams is 8-of-14 from 3-point range in across his last two games
- Sophomore guard Ace Baldwin Jr. grabbed a career-high seven steals while scoring 11 points along with six assists and five rebounds
- Senior guard KeShawn Curry was the third Ram in double figures at 12 points while adding five rebounds and two assists
- VCU led 27-13 in points off turnovers, forcing Saint Joseph’s into 27. The turnovers allowed the Rams to lead the Hawks 18-2 in fast break points
- The Rams outscored the Hawks 38-14 in points in the paint and led 14-6 in second chance points
- VCU led Saint Joseph’s 53-48 with 6:49 remaining before graduate forward Levi Stockard III scored off a turnover and jumpstarted a 17-6 run to close the game
- The Black and Gold limited Saint Joseph’s to shoot just 28.6 percent in the first half but trailed 25-24 at the half. The Hawks were able to shoot 10-of-10 at the free throw line in the first half
- VCU started the second half on an 8-0 run and led 32-25 after a Curry dunk with 18:45 remaining. The Hawks responded with a quick 7-2 run to cut the Rams’ lead to 34-32 with 16:52 left
- The Rams were slow to pull away from Saint Joseph’s until the Hawks turned the ball over with 6:28 left and Stockard III’s layup allowed VCU to go on the 17-6 run
- Treveon Graham became the sixth Ram to have his jersey retired in a pregame ceremony. Graham is VCU’s second all-time leading scorer and led VCU to four NCAA Tournament appearances
- The 27 Saint Joseph’s turnovers were the most VCU has forced this season
- VCU shot a season-high 46.2 percent from 3-point range, going 6-of-13 from behind the arc
The Rams will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 26 when they face Davidson at Belk Arena. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
Photos and Game Summary: VUU Men Fight Back for Hard Fought Win Against Lincoln
The Panthers trailed until the final four minutes before getting the lead and never letting it go.
Lincoln (PA) 90, Virginia Union 97
Virginia Union University’s Keleaf Tate scored a team-high 21 points to lead VUU to a 97-90 come-from-behind win over Lincoln University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, January 22, at Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.
Virginia Union trailed until four minutes left in the game when the Panthers took a 78-77 lead on a dunk by Jordan Peebles.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to Lincoln, because they played a great game,” said VUU Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jay Butler. “They put up 90 points on us and that’s the most we’ve had scored against us in a long time. We scored 65 points in the second half, and that was a great offensive performance. We needed to get some stops down the stretch and we got them when we needed them.”
Peebles scored 18 points while teammate Tyriek Railey added 16 points.
The win raised Virginia Union’s record to 13-4 overall and 6-1 in the CIAA. Lincoln fell to 12-6 overall and 5-2 in CIAA play.
Virginia Union now travels to Fayetteville, N.C., to face Fayetteville State University at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25.
Photos and Game Summary: Women Panthers Fall to the Lions
Poor second half dooms the Panthers.
Lincoln (PA) 69, Virginia Union 51
Virginia Union University’s Ymani Breedlove scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but Lincoln University of Pennsylvania defeated the Lady Panthers 69-51 on Saturday, January 22, at Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.
“We came out with a rough third quarter, scoring only six points to their 24,” said VUU Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tierra Terry. We had a game plan to limit (Lincoln’s Bryanna Brown)’s scoring, yet she still scored 19 points in the game. One of our team goals was 12 assists and we only had 10. We came out of halftime flat and we didn’t get scoring from where we usually get scoring from.”
Virginia Union now travels to Bluefield State College to face the Big Blue at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 24.