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Photos & Game Summary: Rams Topple 18th Ranked Dayton

The victory is VCU’s first over a ranked foe since the Rams defeated 25th-ranked Davidson on Jan. 26, 2022.

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Official Game Summary

Score: VCU 49, #18 Dayton 47
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 16-8 (8-3 Atlantic 10), Dayton 19-4 (9-2)
Attendance: 7,637 (Sellout)

The short story:  Redshirt sophomore Jason Nelson led VCU with 11 points off the bench and the Rams held Dayton without a field goal for the last 4:45 to knock off 18th ranked Flyers Saturday night.

OPENING TIP

  • Nelson knocked down 3-of-3 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half – including one as the shot clock expired — to help lead the Rams to a 25-22 lead at the break
  • Senior guard Zeb Jackson scored nine points and added six rebounds and graduate transfer Sean Bairstow added six points and eight rebounds for the Black and Gold
  • Nate Santos led all Dayton scorers with 19

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Sophomore forward Tobi Lawal gave the Rams a 49-42 lead with six minutes remaining on a put back. VCU did not score for the final six minutes of the game, but the Rams held Dayton to 1-of-5 shooting and forced three turnovers down the stretch to hold on for the victory
  • Dayton had one final look with 10.9 seconds remaining, but Holmes missed a contested driving layup in the final seconds and VCU secured the win
  • The Rams were able to hold Dayton to 36 percent shooting (17-of-47) from the field for the game, including 4-of-17 from 3-point range. The Flyers entered the night as one of the nation’s top 3-point shooting teams.
  • The Flyers connected on just eight second-half field goals
  • Senior guard Zeb Jackson had a personal 7-0 run early in the second half to spark the Rams as they pushed their lead to as much as 42-34 with 13:44 remaning

NOTABLE

  • The victory is VCU’s first over a ranked foe since the Rams defeated 25th-ranked Davidson on Jan. 26, 2022
  • VCU improved to 6-3 all-time at the Siegel Center against ranked teams
  • VCU led for 33:01 of the contest
  • Dayton misfired on 9-of-18 attempts from the free throw line

NEXT UP
VCU will hit the road to face Saint Louis for its second match-up with the Billikens of the season on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

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