- Score: Saint Louis 76, VCU 62
- Records: VCU (21-6, 9-3 A-10), Saint Louis (20-5, 9-2 A-10)
- Location: Chaifetz Arena - St. Louis, Mo.
- The Short Story: Junior Juvonte Reddic registered his seventh double-double in A-10 league play, but it wasn't enough as 24th-ranked VCU fell to a red-hot Saint Louis Billikens squad, 76-62, at jam packed Chaifetz Arena. Reddic poured in 19 points to go along with 12 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season and 16th of his career. Sophomore Treveon Graham collected his second double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Troy Daniels tied the single-season school record for 3-pointers with his 94th trey of the season.
How It Happened
- After Saint Louis jumped out to an quick 4-1 lead, Daniels knocked down his first 3-pointer of the day to even the score at 4-4. Four minutes later, junior Rob Brandenberg would drive and get a lay-up to go down and bring VCU within 11-8.
- From there, the Billikens flexed their muscles with a 17-0 run that gave the home team a 28-8 cushion with 7:15 to play in the first half.
- A three-pointer by Graham and two buckets by Reddic in the final three minutes of the half sent the teams into the break with SLU leading 38-21.
- Five points by senior Darius Theus in the first two minutes of the second half would spark the Rams and after three-pointers by Daniels and Graham, VCU found themselves within striking distance at 45-34 with 16:20 left in regulation.
- However, Jordair Jett had other plans, scoring SLU's next 12 points and helping the Billikens push their lead back above 20.
- Freshman Melvin Johnson would connect on two 3-pointers in the final moments of the game to wrap up the game with the final score of 76-62 in favor of the Billikens.
Beyond the Box Score
- Reddic posted his seventh double-double in the past 10 games. He is now averaging 15.8 points and 9.7 rebounds in VCU's 12 league games.
- Daniels tied his own single-season mark for 3-pointers with his 93rd and 94th trey of the season in the game. He has now hit a 3-pointer in 37 consecutive games, the fourth-longest active streak in the country.
- Johnson became the first VCU freshman since BA Walker in 2003-04 to score in double-figures in three straight games (18 vs. UMass, 11 vs. GW, 10 vs. SLU)
- Theus moved into sole possession of seventh on VCU's all-time assists list with 419 in his career.
The Rams return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to another hostile environment, the Cintas Center, to take on Xavier. Game time on CBS Sports Network is set for 2 p.m.