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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams End 2022 With Win Against LaSalle

The bench came up big for the Black and Gold, outscoring La Salle’s bench players 27-8.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 80, La Salle 67
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 10-4 (1-0 Atlantic 10), La Salle 6-8 (0-1 Atlantic 10)

The short story:  Sophomore forward Jalen DeLoach secured his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as the Rams outscored the Explorers 42-31 in the second half to pull away and start Atlantic 10 Conference play on a winning note.

OPENING TIP

  • DeLoach’s 14 points came on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor. His 13 rebounds topped his previous career-high of 11 last season against Rhode Island.
  • VCU junior guard Ace Baldwin Jr. led all Rams in points (19), assists (6), and steals (4). Fifteen of his points came on a career-high five 3-pointers
  • Junior guard Zeb Jackson had a banner day to ring out 2022 for the Black and Gold, scoring 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, just two points removed from his career high of 16 set earlier this year against Pittsburgh
  • Graduate student Brandon Johns Jr. was the final Ram in double figures, putting up 10 points on 4-of-8 from the field. Johns Jr. also contributed six rebounds, second-most on the team
  • La Salle’s Josh Nickelberry led all scorers with 21 points, 13 of which came in the first half. Jhamir Brickus and Khali Brantley also recorded double figures with 16 and 14 points, respectively

THE DIFFERENCE

  • After a Brantley pull-up jumper brought La Salle within two with 9:22 left, the Black and Gold took over, outscoring the Explorers 27-18 the rest of the way. Baldwin commenced the run with a 3-pointer and capped it with a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left
  • In the first half, the Explorers navigated their way to a 7-0 lead in the opening 2:57 of the game, courtesy of two Nickelberry field goals and layup by Brantley. La Salle would lead for most of the opening 20 minutes before the Black the Gold took their first lead at 25 seconds before halftime with a Johns Jr. dunk. Following a layup by La Salle’s Fousseyni Drame, Jackson nailed a pull-up 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer and give the Rams a 38-36 lead at the break.
  • The two teams went back and forth for the first ten minutes of second half, with La Salle staying within arm’s length and not allowing VCU a lead bigger than seven points prior to the Rams’ final flurry to put the game out of reach
  • The Rams’ eight 3-pointers ties their highest mark of the season, which also happened in the season opener against Manhattan
  • The bench came up big for the Black and Gold, outscoring La Salle’s bench players 27-8

NOTABLE

  • VCU shot .515 (17-of-33) from the field in the second half
  • With the victory, the Rams continue their dominance of La Salle, winning their eighth straight against the Explorers. The Black and Gold own an all-time record of 12-2 against La Salle, including a 9-2 mark since joining the Atlantic 10
  • VCU has now won their past 13 conference openers, a streak that dates back to the 2009-10 season

UP NEXT
The Rams will hit the road on Wednesday, Jan. 4 when they match up against the Duquesne Dukes (11-4, 1-1 Atlantic 10). It will be the Black and Gold’s first road game since Dec. 3. Tip-off will be at 7 p.m., and the game will be streamed live on ESPN+.

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Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k unveils finisher medal, participant shirt, and 10k Spirit Contest for 2023 event

Both the shirt and the medal were designed by Frank Anderson, a 5-time participant of the event and Richmond-based Art Director and Graphic Designer.

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The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger unveiled the finisher medal and participant shirt for this year’s event during its annual ‘10k Reveal Day,’ which took place at Ukrop’s Market Hall.

This year’s medal, which all participants will receive after crossing the finish line on April 22, celebrates some of the iconic parts of the 10k course. The unique shape mimics the turnaround and halfway point on the 6.2-mile course, while the sun feature is a nod to spring and mimics the stained-glass architecture elements you might spot along Monument Avenue.

The colorful participant shirt compliments the medal design. The dogwood flower commemorates the gorgeous spring foliage spotted along the entire course. Both the shirt and the medal were designed by Frank Anderson, a 5-time participant of the event and Richmond-based Art Director and Graphic Designer. The 2023 10k takes place on April 22, 2023, and marks the 24th running of the event. Registration for this year’s event is open at www.sportsbackers.org, with a price increase set for February 1.

The 6.2-mile road race returns to Broad Street, Monument Avenue, and Franklin Street. There will be a small change to the course. The turnaround will move back to Chantilly instead of Staples Mill and the finish line will shift from Shafer and Franklin closer to Laurel and Franklin. The Sheehy Post Race Festival will return to Monroe Park for the first time since 2016. Since its creation in 2000, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k has become one of the largest 10k road races in America, with over 540,000 participants taking part in that time.

“Every year participants look forward to seeing the 10k medal and shirt. We know this year’s will quickly become a fan favorite and we can’t wait to see everyone wearing their new tees post-race,” said Meghan Keogh, Race Director for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. “We were thrilled to work with Frank Anderson—it’s great to have a local designer familiar with the event. He was able to capture the spirit of race day in commemorative items that people will enjoy for years to come.”

New this year the Porch Party Contest has been combined with the Community Spirit Contest and will now be called the 10k Spirit Contest presented by The Richmond Experience. The new contest aims to celebrate the groups that famously cheer on 10k participants by awarding superlatives and cash prizes. Judges will select one participating group to receive a Grand Prize of $250. Judges will also select winners for Best Porch Party, Judges Choice, Most Spirited, and Best Theme. The groups selected for each of these superlatives will win $100.

“Year after year, cheerful spectators line the sidelines and median of the race route and are the very reason the 10k is often referred to as ‘Richmond’s biggest block party!’” said Samantha Kanipe, Founder & CEO of The Richmond Experience. “We’re thrilled to shine a light on the groups of people that make event day and the RVA community special and to be part of an event that brings the community together in such a unique way.”

You can find more information on the 10k Spirit Contest presented by The Richmond Experience here.

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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Bury the Patriots

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Official VCU Game Thread

Score: VCU 72, George Mason 52
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 16-5 (7-1 Atlantic 10), George Mason 12-9 (4-4)
Attendance: 7,637 (sellout)

The short story:  Senior David Shriver, sophomore Jayden Nunn, and graduate student Brandon Johns Jr. each put up double figures with 13, 12, and 11 points, respectively, as the Rams seized the lead early and  never looked back to push their winning streak to six and maintain their spot atop the Atlantic 10 standings.

OPENING TIP

  • Shriver continued his red-hot shooting in conference play, going 3-of-5 from the beyond the arc. Shriver has shot 58.5 percent (24-of-41) from three-point land in eight Atlantic 10 contests
  • Nunn’s 12 points came on 4-of-9 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line
  • Johns Jr. hauled in seven rebounds to go along with his 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting
  • Junior guard Ace Baldwin Jr. filled up the box score with nine points, a career-high nine rebounds, and seven assists
  • Josh Oduro led the Patriots’ charge with 19 points on 8-of-11 from the field. Victor Bailey Jr. also scored double figures for George Mason with 12 points, nine of which came on three-pointers

THE DIFFERENCE

  • After George Mason got out to a quick 4-0 lead, the Rams responded with a 12-3 scoring run over 2:12 that started with a Baldwin Jr. jump shot and capped off by a Nunn 3-pointer at the 14:59 mark of the first half
  • VCU closed out the first half with a 9-3 run over the final 3:39, with three points from redshirt sophomore Jamir Watkins, two points from Nunn, and four points from Johns Jr. to take a 39-23 lead into the locker room
  • The Patriots got as close as 10 in the second half with a layup from Oduro at the 15:31 mark, but George Mason could get no closer as the Black and Gold kept them at bay
  • It was a complete team effort from the Rams, as their bench outscored George Mason’s bench by a resounding 29-6
  • VCU also crashed the glass to the tune of a 35-24 rebounding advantage. George Mason went into the game third in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding margin, getting on average four more boards per game than their opponents

NOTABLE

  • The Rams kept up their recent run of success with their sixth straight win in Atlantic 10 play. Of those six victories, five came by double digits, with the lone exception being the 63-62 win on the road at Dayton
  • VCU now improves to 46-22 overall against George Mason, including 15-6 in the Siegel Center

UP NEXT
The Rams will stay at home when they host St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Jan. 28. Tip-off at the Siegel Center is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

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PHOTOS: Richmond Kickers Tryouts

This weekend soccer hopefuls tried out for the Richmond Kickers.

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The Richmond Kickers held an open tryout and we captured a few pictures. Perhaps we’ll see some of these guys on the field at City Stadium this spring. The Kickers’ first home game is Saturday, April 1st. You can check out Season Tickets here and individual tickets here.


















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