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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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