- Score: VCU 96, Fairleigh Dickinson 67
- Record: VCU (10-3), FDU (4-7)
- Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center - Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: VCU's trademark HAVOC defense was on display early and often as the Rams forced a season-high 34 turnovers en route to their seventh straight victory, a 96-67 rout of Fairleigh Dickinson. Junior Juvonte Reddic posted his third double-double of the year with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Troy Daniels set a school-record for three-pointers in a game with nine en route to a career-high 27 points.
FDU STARTERS: #5 Melquan Bolding, #12 Sidney Sanders, Jr., #23 Lonnie Robinson, #24 Mustafaa Jones, #44 Kinu Rochford
How It Happened
- HAVOC set the tone from the tip as VCU forced the Knights into seven turnovers in the first four minutes of the contest to spark a 18-5 lead after freshman Melvin Johnson connected on a runner with 15:28 to play in the first half.
- Fairleigh Dickinson would knock down 13 free-throws in the first half and one from Sidney Sanders, Jr. brought VCU's lead into single-digits at 22-13 with 12:07 remaining in the stanza. It would be the last time the Rams' cushion would be in single-digits.
- Reddic would help the Black & Gold put an exclamation point in the first half when he sparked a 7-0 run that spanned just 36 seconds and pushed VCU's lead from 12 to 19 at 35-16.
- After the Rams took a 47-30 lead into the break, the teams would trade buckets over the first two minutes of the second half before VCU rolled off a 28-6 run after it knocked down four treys in a seven minute span that saw the lead reach 39 at 79-40 with 9:15 left in the contest.
- The lead would not shrink below 26 points the rest of the way as the Rams posted their fifth wire-to-wire victory of the season and seventh straight win overall.
Beyond the Boxscore
- VCU had four players in double-digits for the sixth straight game. Daniels led the way with 27, along with Reddic (22), Brandenberg (13) and Graham (10).
- Daniels' nine treys on the year is tied for the most in a game in the NCAA this year. It ties the mark reached by Omar Strong (Texas Southern), James Southerland (Syracuse) and Ian Clark (Belmont)
- His nine treys also vaulted him past Chris Brower (175) and Jamal Shuler (170) into sixth-place on the VCU's all-time three-pointers made list as he now sits at 177 for his career.
- VCU has forced 93 turnovers in the past three games. The 34 by FDU is the most in a game for a Rams' opponent since George Mason coughed it up 35 times on Jan. 3, 1995.
- The Black & Gold have now posted 20 steals three times this year and increased their national steals lead to 17 and 13.2 per contest.
- The Rams open up the 2013 calendar with a road trip to East Tennessee State on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Tip in Johnson City, Tenn. is set for 7 p.m.