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Photos & Game Summary: Rams Fall Short Against Duquesne

Tuesday’s game served as VCU’s Senior Day, and graduates Kuany Kuany, Bairstow, as well as Jackson and senior guard Max Shulga were honored prior to the contest.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: Duquesne 69, VCU 59
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 19-11 (11-6 Atlantic 10), Duquesne 19-11 (9-8)

The short story: Senior guard Joe Bamisile led VCU with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a second-half push by Duquesne Tuesday night at the Siegel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Bamisile knocked down 4-of-9 from beyond the 3-point line for the Black and Gold
  • Sophomore forward Tobi Lawal addeed 11 points off the bench and added five rebounds on the night for the Rams
  • Senior guard Zeb Jackson also provided 10 points, five rebounds and three steals to the VCU effort
  • Dae Dae Grant led the Dukes with 26 points

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU took a 41-38 lead on a thunderous fast break dunk by graduate wing Sean Bairstow at the 15:38 mark of the second half, but that proved to be the Rams’ last hurrah. Duquesne promptly responded with a 15-2 run, punctuated by a dunk by Fousseyni Drame, to take a 53-44 lead with 9:45 remaining. The Rams could get no closer than six the rest of the way
  • Duquesne, which owned a 31-27 halftime lead, shot 48 percent (13-of-27) from the field in the second half, including 6-of-13 from 3-point range
  • The Dukes owned a 33-31 rebounding advantage and knocked down 11-of-12 free throw attempts

NOTABLE

  • Tuesday’s game served as VCU’s Senior Day, and graduates Kuany Kuany, Bairstow, as well as Jackson and senior guard Max Shulga were honored prior to the contest
  • Shulga, VCU’s leading scorer, did not play Tuesday due to back spasms
  • VCU’s bench supplied 34 points
  • VCU leads the all-time series with Duquesne 8-3

NEXT UP
VCU will visit Dayton for its regular season finale on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. That game will air on ESPN2

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