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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Tame the Wildcats

VCU forced 20 turnovers in the contest and outscored Davidson 26-10 off miscues.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 89, Davidson 72
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 11-5 (2-1 Atlantic 10), Davidson 9-7 (2-2 Atlantic 10)

The short story:  Senior forward David Shriver fueled the Ram’s offense, hitting 6-of-8 from three and scoring 18 points as the Rams rolled past the Wildcats for their second conference win.

OPENING TIP

  • VCU shot a season-best 15-of-24 from 3-point range in the game, a blistering 63 percent success rate. Shriver’s six threes are a season-high, but he wasn’t the only hot hand, as sophomore guard Jayden Nunn shot 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, and junior guard Ace Baldwin Jr. connected on 3-of-6
  • VCU saw five players score in double figures, including Baldwin Jr., who had a team-leading 19, as well as graduate forward Brandon Johns Jr. (14), Nunn (12) and redshirt sophomore guard Jamir Watkins (10). It’s the first time five Rams have scored in double figures since the Rams achieved the feat Feb. 12, 2022 at George Mason
  • The Rams showcased their depth as the bench scored 30 points. The team also dished out 20 assists on 32 field goals, led by Baldwin Jr.’s eight.
  • VCU made the most of its limited free-throw opportunities, shooting 10-of-11 from the charity stripe.
  • Davidson’s Sam Mennenga led all scorers with 20 points and shot 8-of-12 on the day.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • The Rams found themselves down early as the Wildcats scored ten straight points by the 16:22 mark of the first half. But after a crucial timeout call by VCU head coach Mike Rhoades, the Rams found their stride, going on a 19-4 run thanks to a pair of Shriver threes, bringing their lead to 19-14 with 9:09 left in the first half
  • VCU’s momentum continued to carry the team through the end of the half as VCU led by 11
  • The Rams caught fire starting at the 17:12 mark as four offensive possessions led to four straight three-pointers by Watkins, Shriver, and Nunn. The Rams led by as many as 25 points with 6:27 remaining in the game
  • VCU forced 20 turnovers in the contest and outscored Davidson 26-10 off miscues

NOTABLE

  • VCU’s 15 threes are tied for its most since it bombed 15 against Grambling State here at the Siegel Center on Nov. 10, 2017
  • The Rams improve to 10-8 all-time over Davidson
  • VCU improved to 10-1 at home this season

UP NEXT
The Rams will fly to Chicago for their first conference matchup against Loyola-Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network

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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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