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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Fall to Jacksonville

Jacksonville used a 7-0 run, ignited by a pair of Marsh buckets, to take a 43-36 lead with 16:23 remaining and never looked back.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: Jacksonville 73, VCU 62
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 5-4, Jacksonville 5-2

The short story: Graduate student Brandon Johns Jr.’s 20 points were not enough for the Rams to complete their second-half comeback, as Kevion Nolan scored 20 points to lead sharp-shooting Jacksonville past VCU.

OPENING TIP

  • Johns tied a career-high with his 20-point performance. He shot 5-of-10 from the field and made 9-of-12 from the free-throw line
  • Sophomore guard Jayden Nunn connected on 5-of-10 from the floor for the Black and Gold and scored 14 points
  • In his first collegiate start, freshman forward Tobi Lawal added a career-high ten points and five boards for VCU
  • VCU forced 13 turnovers, scoring 13 points off the mistakes and allowed just eight turnovers of their own. Junior guard Ace Baldwin led the Rams with three steals as the team totaled nine.
  • Aside from Nolan’s 20 points and 8 assists, Jacksonville sought help from Mike Marsh’s 17 points and nine rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • The Dolphins shot 50 percent (9-of-18) from the 3-point line, while VCU struggled from beyond the arc, misfiring on 23 of 28 attempts
  • Jacksonville used a 7-0 run, ignited by a pair of Marsh buckets, to take a 43-36 lead with 16:23 remaining. The Dolphins never trailed again and led by as many as 16 at 64-48 with 4:32 remaining
  • VCU rallied to within 64-58 with 2:37 left behind a 9-0 run that included seven Johns free throws. But on the ensuing possession, Nolan buried a 3-pointer from the deep left wing as the shot clock expired to push the Dolphins advantage back to 67-58 with 2:04 on the clock
  • Jacksonville owned a 38-30 rebounding advantage
  • The Dolphins shot 90 percent (18-of-20) from the free-throw line

QUOTABLE
“Credit to Jacksonville. They came in here and took it to us. They created some really good opportunities, really gave themselves some confidence and put us on our heels. For most of the game, they just played harder than us. I thought late in the game, we played harder and had more success on both ends of the court. We got work to do. I like this team, I know what we’re capable of, but I’ve got to do a better job with these guys, and we’re going to have some heart to hearts and get to work.” – VCU Head Coach Mike Rhoades

“Yeah, that was a spark of energy that we should have had from the beginning of the game. Unfortunately, it was too late. We need to do that all game. We need to start doing it from the jump.” — Brandon Johns Jr. on the last few minutes of the game

“I thought he played really hard. He played to exhaustion, get subbed, and go back in. He got beat on a couple of old-school, veteran moves. He got caught off-guard with a couple of these guys at bad angles, but he’s only played basketball for four years. But I couldn’t fault his effort and approach, and he’s only going to get better and better. He really cares.” — Rhoades on the play of Tobi Lawal

NOTABLE

  • VCU leads the all-time series between these two former Sun Belt rivals, 19-9
  • Wednesday’s loss snapped VCU’s 10-game home win streak

UP NEXT
The Rams play their second game of a six-game homestand of the season in a match-up against Howard on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on MASN and ESPN+

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Part of Bliley to be Closed for Stormwater Repair

Bliley Road bordering Westlake Hills and Cedarhurst neighborhoods in the 4th District will be closed between Forest Hill Avenue and Blakemore Road for stormwater repair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  Now through Wednesday, February 15

WHERE: Bliley Road bordering Westlake Hills and Cedarhurst neighborhoods in the 4th District will be closed between Forest Hill Avenue and Blakemore Road for stormwater repair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday; Whitlone Road will also be closed between Bliley and Debora Street at those times. There will be no vehicular access during those times on Bliley from Netherwood to Cedarhurst and from Bliley to Debora. The rest of the area will have resident access only.

PROJECT SCOPE:  Emergency stormwater repair project

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Storm the Gates with Art 180, All City Art Club, and Supply.RVA

Bridging the divide between street art and gallery spaces with street signs, black book works, graffiti pieces, and creative public art activities.

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Art 180, All City Art Club, and Supply.RVA is bringing you their first exhibition of 2023, Storm the Gates, a gallery takeover celebrating graffiti artists, illustrators, cartoonists, and people painting in the corner of their bedrooms and garages. Bridging the divide between street art and gallery spaces with street signs, black book works, graffiti pieces, and creative public art activities.

Join them this Friday during February @rvafirstfridays where they’ll unveil a mural collaboratively painted by All City Art Club and ART 180’s program alumni and current participants.

Friday, February 3
5-9 p.m.
ART 180’s Atlas Gallery
114 W Marshall St.

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Greater Richmond Convention Center marks 20 years serving region

Since 2003, the complex has hosted a total of 7,034 conventions, consumer shows, sports tournaments, and other events, bringing millions of people and dollars to the region.

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Virginia’s largest meeting and exhibition venue celebrates two decades of welcoming events and visitors to the Richmond Region this year. The Greater Richmond Convention Center officially opened on February 28, 2003, as cheerleaders from across the country flipped in the American National Cheer and Dance Championships in the building’s exhibit hall.

Since then, the GRCC has hosted a total of 7,034 conventions, consumer shows, sports tournaments and other events bringing millions of people and dollars to the region.

The GRCC replaced the 62,000-square-foot Richmond Center, which opened in 1986. Stretching across a six-block area, the 700,000 square-foot GRCC incorporates some of the steel and pillars from the original facility.

Construction for the project began in 1999 and was supported by a $10 million investment from former Governor George Allen and the regionwide transient lodging tax.

“It is the best example of regional cooperation in the history of this whole area,” said late Lt. Gov. John H. Hager during a 2002 press conference.

The Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority – a political subdivision of Virginia with representation from the city of Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties – oversaw the financing, development and construction of the GRCC. The Authority’s 25th anniversary is this year.

We’re immensely proud of the legacy and the positive impact the Greater Richmond Convention Center has had on tourism,” said Lincoln Saunders, City of Richmond Chief Administrative Officer and Chair of the Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority. “Millions of people are introduced to the Richmond Region through events and competitions that are hosted at the facility every year. These visitors support our economy by shopping at our small businesses, eating at restaurants and visiting attractions.”

To examine the viability of the GRCC, regional leaders commissioned a feasibility study by C.H. Johnson Consulting in 1999. The researchers projected hotel tax collections to reach $30 million by fiscal year 2020. Hotel tax collection revenues reached $30 million by fiscal year 2019.

Throughout the GRCC expansion phases, groups were welcomed to the region to use completed portions of the building. About 1,200 women from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority were the first to use the facility’s new ballroom during a three-day conference in May 2001.

When the GRCC was officially completed in 2003, Richmond Region Tourism had booked 18 conventions through 2008.

Interest and bookings have experienced a dramatic uptick over the years. During its last fiscal year, the GRCC hosted over 180 events.

From USA Fencing tournaments and ice dancing competitions to offshore wind conferences and comic conventions, the GRCC has hosted various large-scale events since it opened.

“The convention center is a shining example of regional collaboration,” said Jack Berry, president and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “The success of the convention center demonstrates how investing in tourism results in positive economic development for our entire region. Richmond Region Tourism and its partners are committed to working alongside our community to continue tourism’s positive momentum.”

The GRCC went through extensive upgrades to modernize the facility in 2020.

GRCC’s technological and cosmetic improvements include new LED lighting and RGB color lighting, monitors, digital signage, and a new digital sound system.  Its interior spaces were updated with new tile, accents, paint scheme, and pub-style tables and seating. The facility also features a new executive lounge and a renovated food court and service desk.

Today the GRCC features 178,159 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, a 30,550 square foot grand ballroom, and 50,000 sq. ft. of additional meeting room space.

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