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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Get Back to Winning Ways Against Howard

Howard got the early lead with a 10-2 run in the first 4:02, but the Black and Gold outscored the visiting Bison 39-21 for the rest of the opening half to take a 41-31 lead to the locker room.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 70, Howard 60
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 6-4, Howard 4-8

The short story: A quartet of Rams, led by Graduate forward Brandon Johns Jr. at 16 points, scored in double figures as the Black and Gold got out to a 10-point halftime lead and held on to beat the visiting Bison Sunday night.

OPENING TIP

  • Johns filled out the box score, scoring 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Additionally, Johns snagged seven rebounds and racked up a career-high three blocks, leading the team in both of those categories
  • Junior guard Josh Banks had a career night, setting career-best marks in both points (11) and rebounds (5)
  • Sophomore forward Jalen Deloach put up 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, eight of which came in the first half. Deloach left the game with a knee injury at about five minutes to go in the first half, but was able to come back to play 15 minutes in the second half
  • Senior forward David Shriver was the fourth and final Ram in double figures, scoring 10 points on 4-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-6 from beyond the arc
  • Howard had three double-figure scorers themselves, with Steve Settle III, Bryce Harris, and Jordan Wood scoring 18, 13, and 12 points, respectively

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Howard got the early lead with a 10-2 run in the first 4:02, but the Black and Gold outscored the visiting Bison 39-21 for the rest of the opening half to take a 41-31 lead to the locker room
  • The Rams grew their lead to 12 before the Bison went on a 7-0 run over the course of three minutes to cut the margin to five at the under 16 media timeout
  • VCU responded with a 7-0 run of their run over 1:50 to swell the lead back to 10, at 57-47 with 10:06 left. The Rams kept Howard at arm’s length for the rest of the game, not allowing Howard to get any closer than five points. VCU and Howard scored 29 points apiece as the Rams maintained their 10-point halftime lead at the final buzzer
  • The bench players came up big for the Black and Gold, outscoring Howard’s bench 23-10

NOTABLE

  • The Rams improved to 21-2 against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), including two wins this season, defeating Morgan State earlier this season
  • Junior guard Ace Baldwin Jr., the Rams’ leading scorer this season, did not play due to a sprained left wrist
  • VCU improves to 21-2 when leading at halftime, dating back to the beginning of the 2021-22 season

QUOTABLE
“Proud of our guys. We had some resolve there to finish the game off. I just thought we had more intensity and stuck more to the game plan then we have the last two games. Just proud of our guys. We had two really hard days of practice the last two days to get ready for this one and thought the guys responded the right way.” – VCU Head Coach Mike Rhoades

“I think it’s really important to start off the game with great intensity and great effort and really important to end the game with great intensity and great effort. If you don’t end the game well, how you going to win. So I think we were very disciplined tonight. We had a couple of fouls that we could’ve been more disciplined on. I think overall we have been working the past two days on defense and I think it’s going to be more of an emphasis for us and I think we did pretty well with it tonight.” – Brandon Johns Jr. on finishing off the game strong

I thought we did a good job. I thought some guys gave us really good energy early to get us going in the game and it carried over for most of the first half…I just challenged these guys, well I didn’t challenge them, I told them that if they don’t play till exhaustion they’re not playing. And we’ll make mistakes, that’s how it goes but when you’re not playing well individually, you become sensitive to what may occur, and then what happens is you forget to play really hard. That’s competition. It happens to lots of young competitors. And I said that’s not us, that’s not my team, that’s not our team, that’s not VCU. We’re gonna play till exhaustion and if you don’t your coming out. And it’s nothing personal because you got to play for the name on the front of the jersey more than anything. That’s really important around here.” –Rhoades on playing to exhaustion

UP NEXT
The Rams’ six-game December homestand continues on Wednesday, Dec. 14 when in-state rival Radford comes to the Siegel Center. Tip-off against the Highlanders is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on MASN and streamed on 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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