DANIELS'29 POINTS LEADS RAMS TO 81-65 WIN OVER FORDHAM
- Score: VCU 81, Fordham 65
- Records: VCU (18-5, 6-2 A-10), Fordham (6-16, 2-5 A-10)
- Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center - Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: Senior Troy Daniels scored 21 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to lead VCU to a 81-65 win during Homecoming Weekend in Richmond. Daniels knocked down seven three-pointers on the night, marking the fifth time this year he has hit seven or more treys in a game. Junior Juvonte Reddic posted his fourth straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Treveon Graham scored in double-figures for the 16th straight game with 15 points on the night.
How It Happened
- VCU set the tone right from the start, scoring the game's first five points with free-throws from Reddic and a three-pointer from classmate Rob Brandenberg.
- Fordham was within two at 16-14, but back-to-back threes from Daniels opened up VCU's largest lead at 22-14 with 10:33 to play in the half.
- Bryan Smith and the Fordham Rams kept battling, coming back to even the score at 25 with just under seven minutes remaining in the stanza.
- VCU would score the game's next 11 points, eight of which came from Graham, to claim a 36-25 cushion with 4:17 left before the break.
- However, Fordham's Mandell Thomas scored the final five points of the half to send the teams into the break with VCU holding a 38-33 lead.
- The Rams would stake claim to the game out of the halftime break with a 7-0 run and held Fordham scoreless 3:06 en route to a 45-33 lead.
- HAVOC would take over the next five minutes, forcing six turnovers from the visiting Rams en route to a 15-3 VCU run and a 60-40 advantage for the Black & Gold.
- Daniels and Reddic combined for 30 of VCU's 43 second-half points as the home Rams' lead would never dip below 16 the rest of the way.
Beyond the Box Score
- Daniels now has 85 three-pointers on the year, which is tied for the fourth-most in the country with Iona's Sean Armand.
- Prior to last year, only two players in VCU history had ever reached 85 or more three-pointers in a season. Daniels has now done that in back-to-back seasons (92 last year).
- With a combined seven steals on the night, senior Darius Theus and sophomore Briante Weber now have a combined 132 thefts on the year. That's more than 115 Division I teams.
- Reddic posted his fifth double-double in the past five games and now has 14 career double-doubles, which is tied with Nick George for 10th on VCU's career double-double list.
- With 10 rebounds on the night, Reddic now has exactly 500 career rebounds.
- Graham has now scored in double-figures in 21 of VCU's 23 games this year. He has 622 points in 59 career games. Eric Maynor had 620 points total in his first two years with the Rams.
Head Coach Shaka Smart
"First and foremost, I'm really happy for Troy, it was great to see him have a break out game. He had really been pressing and really been hard on himself. He wants so bad to do well for his teammates and when he doesn't have one of his best games, he can take it really hard, so it was great to see that tonight. He's such a hard worker and such a great kid, it's nice to see him be rewarded with a night like he had tonight."
"Overall, I thought we did some good things offensively and at times we were good on the defensive end. I thought we were more energetic in our press tonight than we had been in the past couple games, so that was good to see, but certainly we have a lot to improve on as we head into the second half of our conference schedule."
Senior Troy Daniels
"My coaches and teammates just continually talk to me and give me confidence for nights like tonight. Once you see a couple shots go down, it's easy to continue to get more and more comfortable, which is what happened in the second half tonight."
"I talk so much with Coach Smart and Coach Ballard about just following the process that they have set up for me to succeed here and you can see that it's working when I'm able to have nights like tonight. I just need to keep working and keep following that process as we move forward, still got a lot to work on in all areas."
Sophomore Treveon Graham
"I've been able to work against the bigger guys in practice like Juvonte and David to really work on guarding guys who have some height on me. I just have to find ways to battle and do the job that my teammates and coaches need me to do."
"My teammates do such a good job of getting me good looks, so it's a credit to them for continually giving me opportunities to score."
- The Rams have the mid-week off before heading south for a match-up with the 49ers of Charlotte next Saturday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Credit to Logan Whitton Photography for the main picture