November 12, 2013

GRAHAM’S THREE GIVES RAMS THRILLING 59-56 WIN AT #25 UVA

The Basics

  • Score: #14 VCU 59, #25 Virginia 56
  • Records: VCU (2-0), Virginia (1-1)
  • Location: John Paul Jones Arena - Charlottesville, Va.
  • The Short Story: Treveon Graham hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1.4 seconds left to secure a thrilling 59-56 win over 25th-ranked UVA. Graham led all scorers with 22 points on the evening. HAVOC forced the Cavaliers into 19 turnovers on the night, leading to nine steals for the Black & Gold. It was only the second time in VCU history that the Rams won a true road game against a top-25 opponent, the other came in 1994 at Louisville.  
How It Happened:
  • The Rams jumped out to an early 5-0 advantage behind a lay-up by Graham and a 3-pointer from Reddic.
  • The Cavaliers fought back to knot the score at 7-7, but VCU followed with a 9-3 series of their own.  Graham and Melvin Johnson contributed baskets in the paint during the Rams' run.
  • Virginia was able to tie the score at 21 with just under four minutes to play after a 7-0 run highlighted by a series of trips to the free throw line.
  • VCU finished the half with a basket by Graham, but trailed 26-24 entering the half.
  • Brandenberg kicked off the second half scoring for the Rams with a three from the top of the key.  Graham followed suit with a three of his own for a quick 6-0 run.  The Rams scored ten points in the first three minutes of the second half.
  • The next ten minutes involved the Rams and Cavaliers trading baskets, with neither team leading by more than four points.
  • With seven minutes to play, Virginia was able to push their lead to seven, but VCU responded with a pair of baskets to cut the lead to three at 51-48 with 5:52 to play.
  • With just under three minutes to play, Brandenberg missed a floater, but Reddic followed the shot with a left-handed tip dunk.  On the other end of the floor, Graham drew a charge on a baseline drive by Cavalier senior Joe Harris.
  • Jordan Burgess continued to shift the momentum with a three point shot to cut the lead to one, 55-54, with 2:10 remaining on the clock.
  • Graham put the Rams back on top 56-55 with just over a minute to play with a floater from just outside the key.  The Rams' then forced an air ball by Harris with the shot clock winding down, forcing the Cavaliers to foul.
  • With 9.7 seconds to go, Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon went to the line with a chance to take the lead, but could only convert one to tie the game at 56.
  • Graham took a pass from Brandenburg with 1.4 seconds to play and nailed a go-ahead three pointer from a few feet behind the three point line at the top of the key.
  • Cavaliers forward Justin Anderson threw up a fadeaway three at the buzzer from the left side, but his attempt was no good, giving VCU the victory.
Beyond the Box Score
  • VCU is now 3-2 against the ACC under Head Coach Shaka Smart. The Rams are 20-23 overall against the ACC.
  • The win was only the second win in program history in a true road game at a top-25 team. The only other time came on Jan. 8, 1994 at Louisville, a 93-89 overtime win for the Rams.
  • VCU is now 29-1 in the past two years when forcing 15 or more turnovers.
Up Next
  • The Rams return home on Saturday, Nov. 16th to face Winthrop.  Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Comcast Mid-Atlantic – Plus.

 
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