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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Dominate UMass

The Rams stayed strong on defense in the second half as the Minutemen shot 0-of-11 from three and made just six baskets, shooting 6-of-32 (19 percent).

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Official VCU Game Summary

 

Score: VCU 83, UMass 55
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 14-5 (5-1 Atlantic 10), UMass 11-8 (2-4 Atlantic 10)

The short story:  Sophomore forward Jalen Deloach powered the Rams’ fiery offense with a double-double, scoring a career-high 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds as VCU dismantled UMass for its fourth win in a row.

OPENING TIP

  • The Rams saw five players score in double figures for the third time this season, including sophomore guard Jayden Nunn (13), sophomore guard Nick Kern Jr. (12), junior guard Zeb Jackson (12), and graduate forward Brandon Johns Jr. (10). Kern’s 12 points were a career high
  • The Black and Gold caught fire in the second half, hitting 16-of-30 shots, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range. Overall, the Rams shot 8-of-16 from behind the arc and knocked down 31-of-59 (53 percent) on the night
  • VCU converted 19 assists on 31 made baskets. Jackson tied his career-high with five
  • The Rams utilized their presence down low, scoring 46 of their points in the paint
  • VCU’s bench produced 27 points
  • UMass’s Matt Cross led his team with a double-double, scoring 15 points and securing 10 rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Both the teams tied the lead eight times in the first half and changed the lead five. But VCU began to take control with 5:00 minutes left in the first half as a three by senior forward David Shriver began a 12-2 run headed into the break with the Rams in front 40-33
  • The Rams’ offense came alive beginning at the 17:59 minute mark of the second half when they went on a 19-4 run, lasting almost seven minutes, highlighted by back-to-back Jackson layups
  • The Rams stayed strong on defense in the second half as the Minutemen shot 0-of-11 from three and made just six baskets, shooting 6-of-32 (19 percent)
  • VCU led by as many as 29 points in the game
  • VCU forced 16 turnovers and scored 16 points off those mistakes

NOTABLE

  • The Rams have won four games in a row
  • The Rams improve to 9-3 all-time over UMass
  • VCU improved to 11-1 at home this season

UP NEXT
The Rams travel down the street to face cross-town rival Richmond on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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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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