Score: VCU 84, George Washington 57
Records: VCU (21-5, 9-2 A-10), George Washington (11-12, 5-5 A-10)
Location: The Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center - Richmond, Va.
The Short Story: Less than 48 hours after VCU won a big conference matchup over UMass on Thursday night, the Rams ratcheted up the HAVOC once again, forcing George Washington into 25 turnovers en route to a dominating 84-57 for the Black & Gold. Junior Juvonte Reddic poured in a season-high 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting, while also grabbing 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the year. Senior Troy Daniels, junior Rob Brandenberg and freshman Melvin Johnson all added 11 points apiece in the victory.
How It Happened
- George Washington and Kevin Larsen showed VCU they came to play with a quick 8-2 lead less than five minutes into the contest.
- However, the Rams would respond with a three-pointer from Daniels capping off a 14-2 run that gave VCU a 14-10 cushion with 11:33 to play.
- The two teams would trade buckets before the Rams would put together a run that would set the tone for the rest of the night. With VCU leading 21-18 at the 7:15 mark of the first half, HAVOC would force eight turnovers en route to a 21-6 close to the stanza and give the Rams a 42-24 advantage at the break.
- A dunk clinic by Reddic would help the Black & Gold extend its lead to as many as 20 in the start of the second half, before George Washington would claw its way back within 12 after Patricio Garino picked up a steal and fastbreak layup with just under 10 minutes to play.
- Just like in the first half, VCU would respond with a huge run and again it was a 21-6 run to close out the game in which the Rams held the Colonials to just one field goal over the final 9:43 of the contest.
Beyond the Box Score
- Reddic's 24-point, 10-rebound performance was his sixth double-double in 11 A-10 games and pushes his career total to 15, which gives him sole possession of 10th on VCU's all-time career double-double list.
- VCU moved to a perfect 13-0 this season and 29-2 in the past three years when Brandenberg scores 11 points or more.
- It was the fifth time this year that the Rams tallied 19 or more steals (20 steals three times is the season high). It was the 17th time this year that VCU registered double-figure in steals and increased its nationally-lead in steals to 321.
- With 44 points in the paint, VCU moved to a perfect 11-0 this season and 36-2 under Coach Smart when scoring 35 or more points in the paint.
- Nine different players registered a steal with four different players tallying three steals apiece (Theus, Brandenberg, Daniels, Weber)
- Daniels moved into a tie for second-place on VCU's single-season 3-pointer list with B.A. Walker at 92. That's just two behind Daniels' own single-season mark of 94, set last year.
Head Coach Shaka Smart
- "I thought our guys played with really good energy. The press obviously was the difference maker for us, turning them over 25 times. Particularly in the second half, I thought we were able to get the pace going our way, create some steals and score off some of those opportunities."
- "It probably wasn't the most beautiful game as far as the way it flowed, particularly in the first half, but I thought our guys made a lot of multiple effort plays, which makes a difference in the end.""
- "We were able to get Juvonte going early with some lobs and some easy ones. I love his stats with a double-double and score 24 points and grab 10 rebounds, it's a good thing, but I have such high expectations and know how good he can be that I thought he could've rebounded a little better, which was an area I thought as a team we could've been better. No doubt about it though, I'm sure glad he's on our team."
Junior Juvonte Reddic
- "We knew that the back screen was going to get me open on the lob, we practiced that in practice, and the first play of the game it worked and I threw it down with one hand and it got the crowd hyped, it got my team hyped and we just had the momentum. It created a great atmosphere and made it hard for our opponents to play their game."
Senior Troy Daniels
- "It's a fight for first. That's all we know right now. We're going to prepare for them tomorrow and Monday and go from there. We know they're a great team and they have a lot of fans and great fans in Saint Louis, so we have to be ready to play, be ready to be road warriors."
- The Rams hit the road for a nationally-televised first-place showdown with the Billikens of Saint Louis on Tuesday night. Game time at Chaifetz Arena is set for 8 p.m. CST/9 p.m. EST on CBS Sports Network.