Score: VCU 92, Stetson 56
Record: VCU (4-3), Stetson (2-3)
Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center - Richmond, Va.
The Short Story: After over a two-week hiatus from the raucous environment of the Siegel Center, VCU returned home with a vengeance, dominating Stetson from the tip en route to a 92-56 victory. Leading the way was junior Juvonte Reddic with his second 20-plus outing of the year with 20 points and six rebounds in just 21 minutes of action. Sophomore Jarred Guest came off the bench to register his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
STETSON STARTERS: #3 Willie Green, #4 Logan Irwin, #12 Joel Naburgs, #23 Chris Perez, #41 Adam Pegg
How It Happened
- VCU established their interior presence right away with Reddic scoring six of the game's first eight points.
- Five straight points from senior Troy Daniels stretched the Rams lead to double-digits, 20-10, with 8:46 to play in the first half
- Reddic capped off a 13-4 run with a powerful dunk which helped send the Black & Gold into halftime with a comfortable 41-22 advantage.
- VCU came out of the break on fire, forcing five turnovers in the first four minutes and a fastbreak layup from Briante Weber capped off a 14-3 run which pushed the Rams' lead to 28 at 55-27.
- Stetson would make a quick push and get within 15 after a pair of free-throws from Logan Irwin with 12:12 left in regulation.
- Jarred Guest helped put the nail in the coffin in the second half, scoring eight of VCU's 11 points over a two minute stretch that pushed the lead to as many 33, 80-47, with 5:44 to play.
- Brandenberg and Guest finished off the offensive explosion with a combined seven points over the final 2:12.
Beyond the Box Score
- The 92 points was the most scored by a VCU squad since the 2011 NCAA Tournament when the Rams put up 94 points in the third round win over Purdue.
- With four more steals tonight, sophomore Briante Weber now has 99 career thefts in just 43 games.
- Dating back to last season, Reddic has scored in double-figures in nine of his last 10 regular season games, averaging 15.2 points and 9.1 rebounds, while shooting 57.3% from the field over that stretch.
- VCU got 32 points off of 22 Stetson turnovers, while also getting 35 points from the bench, thanks in large part to 28 combined points from Guest and Weber.
Head Coach Shaka Smart:
- "I thought our guys played with really good energy tonight. We were excited to get back on the floor after the tournament in the Bahamas. We really learned a lot of lessons down there and will continue to learn from those three games. Tonight, we knew Stetson was a team that was dangerous, they were averaging 83 points per game coming into tonight and we really wanted to try and limit them offensively and keep them from getting anywhere near that. They have some really talented shooters and came into tonight averaging 10 threes a night, so we were focused on that. I thought we lost some discipline for a stretch in the second half, but overall, I was pleased with our guys effort."
- " We wanted to establish Juvonte early on and get the ball to him. We wanted to make sure that they knew we wanted to go inside and put some pressure on their defense. We didn't think they could guard him one-on-one and thought they bring a double-team, which would open up some of our shooters."
Sophomore Jarred Guest
- "I felt great. Our focus after the Bahamas has been getting back to the basics, bringing the HAVOC back to what we're doing. That was my whole goal, was just to wreak the HAVOC like we've done in the past."
- "I think it's just finally getting comfortable and confident with what I'm doing. It's a big jump when you're going from high school/prep school to this level, especially with our style of play, but I finally feel like I'm getting confident and comfortable with some of the things we're doing. I still have a lot to work on, but I know that if I keep working I can reach my full potential."
Junior Rob Brandenberg
- "It's always good to play here. We had a tough stretch down in the Bahamas going 1-2, so we just told ourselves to reset and come back to the Siegel Center and just do what we do, wreak havoc. We had a couple good days of practice and we really wanted to come in here focused on our game plan and we were able to do that. Playing in front of our fans, there's nothing like it, so it was great to be back home."
COMING UP NEXT:
- VCU is back at the Siegel Center this Saturday when they host the Bruins of Belmont University in a game televised on Comcast SportsNet. Tip time is set for 7:02 p.m.