Score: VCU 73, Alabama 54
Record: VCU (7-3), Alabama (6-3
Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center - Richmond, Va.
The Short Story: HAVOC was on full display as VCU suffocated Alabama in the full court and half court en route to a 73-54 victory, its fourth in a row. Senior Troy Daniels led four Rams in double-figures with 16 points with four treys, while sophomore Treveon Graham poured in 14 points and grabbed six rebounds. The Black & Gold forced the Crimson Tide into a season-high 18 turnovers and held them to just 18 first-half points.
ALABAMA STARTERS: #5 Trevor Lacy, #12 Trevor Releford, #14 Moussa Gueye, #20 Levi Randolph, #21 Rodney Cooper
How It Happened
- VCU's pressure was non-stop from the start, holding Alabama without a field goal for the first 10:44, running off an 11-2 start after a three-pointer from Daniels gave VCU a nine-point cushion.
- With the Rams lead at 14-7, Daniels and Graham combined for nine of VCU's 12 points in a 12-0 run to grab its largest lead of the first half, 26-7, with 5:21 left before the break.
- Alabama scored the final four points of the first half and the teams headed into halftime with the Rams leading 33-18.Ra
- The Crimson Tide would twice get within 11 early in the second half, but huge play off the bench from D.J. Haley and Melvin Johnson would ignite 23-8 VCU run to grab the largest lead of the game at 62-36 with just under 10 minutes remaining.
- VCU's lead would never shrink below 15 the rest of the way as the Rams rolled to their fourth straight victory in front of the 23rd consecutive sellout at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
Beyond the Score
- The game marked the eighth time that a team from a power six conference came to the Siegel Center. VCU is now 6-2 in those games.
- The victory finished off the "BCS Checklist" for Coach Smart and staff as VCU has now beaten at least one team from each of the six BCS conferences during the past three-plus seasons.
- The 19-point loss was the second biggest defeat of Alabama and former VCU Head Coach Anthony Grant's career. The Crimson Tide suffered a 27-point loss to Florida two years ago.
- It was the fifth time this year that VCU had four or more players score in double-figures, Daniels (16), Graham (14), Johnson (12) and Brandenberg (10).
Head Coach Shaka Smart
- "I thought our guys played well. You never know what you're going to get coming off an eight-day layoff. We had a very good week of practice, our guys really honored the process that we laid out and was going to allow us to win this game. I think that's the biggest reason why we were able to win tonight."
- "Alabama has some terrific guards and I thought our guys did a good job of limiting them. They were able to score a little bit in the second half, but for the game we were able to hold them under their averages and that was the goal."
- "I thought our first half defense was pretty impressive. If you take away some of the late fouls, I thought that's probably as good as we've defended in a while."
COMING UP NEXT:
- VCU will have a quick turnaround when the Rams host Western Kentucky in an another national TV game on Tuesday night. Tip time at the Siegel Center is set for 7 p.m.