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Photos & Game Summary: Spiders Get Revenge on the Rams

Richmond connected on 13 straight field goals in the second half to key its comeback.




Official VCU Game Summary

Capital City Classic, presented by Richmond Area Honda Dealers
Score: Richmond 79, VCU 76
Location: Richmond, Va. (Robins Center)
Records: VCU 19-10 (11-5 Atlantic 10), Richmond 22-7 (14-2)

The short story: Senior guard Max Shulga led five Rams in double figures with 19 points, but VCU couldn’t overcome the heroics of Richmond’s Jordan King Saturday at the Robins Center.


  • Shulga knocked down 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and converted all seven of his free throws. He also supplied four rebounds and two assists
  • Graduate wing Sean Bairstow added 13 points, five assists and three rebounds for the Black and Gold
  • Sophomore forward Tobi Lawal and senior guard Zeb Jackson also chipped in 13 each for VCU. Jackson provided six rebounds and four assists, while Lawal hauled in five boards
  • King ignited the Spiders with 27 points. He hit 5-of-11 from beyond the arc. In all, five Richmond players scored in double figures. Delonnie Hunt added 16


  • King drilled a pair of 3-pointers to spark a 12-0 Richmond run midway through the second half that pushed the Spiders in front 52-47 with 10:43 left. King added a third triple, a contested fadeaway from the right wing, as the shot clock expired, to extend Richmond’s advantage to 57-50 at the 9:24 mark
  • Back-to-back steals and buckets by Jackson and Lawal capped a 9-2 VCU blitz that pulled the Rams within 65-63 with 4:47 remaining. The teams traded a pair of buckets before Isaiah Bigelow provided the Spiders with a 70-65 cushion with a 3-pointer from the wing with 3:58 on the clock. The Rams drew within three once more, but could not get over the hump. A dunk by Dji Bailey and four free throws in the final minute kept VCU at bay
  • Richmond connected on 13 straight field goals in the second half to key its comeback. The Spiders shot 67 percent (16-of-24) overall from the field in the second period, including 7-of-14 from beyond the arc
  • King scored 10 points, including a go-ahead, step-back jumper, over the final 2:59 of the first half to spur Richmond to an 11-2 run and a 32-29 halftime lead
  • Shulga hit a 3-pointer at the 13:32 mark of the second to cap a 15-5 burst by VCU out of the break


  • VCU leads the all-time series with Richmond 60-33
  • The Rams shot 46 percent (26-of-56) from the field in the game, including 42 percent (10-of-24) from long rang

VCU will host Duquesne on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Siegel Center. That contest will serve as the Rams’ Senior Day and will air on MASN and ESPN+.

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