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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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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.

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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.

OPENING TIP

  • 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

THE DIFFERENCE

  • 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

NOTABLE

  • 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

NEXT UP
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.

 

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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.

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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.

VUU’s Darius Hines scored 15 points and teammate Robert Osborne had a team-high eight rebounds.

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.

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Photos and Game Summary: Women Panthers Fall to the Lions

Poor second half dooms the Panthers.

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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.

VUU’s Chris Alston also scored 10 points for the Lady Panthers while teammate Ceanna Kinney had 10 rebounds in the game.

“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.

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