November 29, 2013

GRAHAM’S 24-POINT OUTBURST LEADS RAMS PAST NORTHEASTERN, 79-66

The Basics

  • Score: #24 VCU 79, Northeastern 66
  • Records: VCU (5-2), Northeastern (2-5)
  • Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village
  • The Short Story: Junior Treveon Graham posted his second 20-plus point outing of the year and Juvonte Reddic posted his second double-double in the past three games as the VCU men's basketball pulled away from a scrappy Northeastern squad, 79-66, in front of the 38th consecutive sellout at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Graham finished with a season-high 24 points, while also hauling in eight rebounds. Reddic poured in 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Rams held the Huskies without a field goal for the final 9:55 to pull away.
How It Happened:
  • VCU began with eight of their first ten points coming from the paint, en route to an early 10-8 lead.
  • Melvin Johnson helped the Rams push their lead to four with six straight points with 11:40 to play.
  • Back-to-back baskets from Reddic helped extend the Rams lead to six at 22-16.
  • VCU and Northeastern traded baskets to bring the score to 28-27 with just over three minutes remaining.
  • The Huskies made a run with two minutes remaining, but Johnson responded with a three pointer from the left wing. Senior Rob Brandenberg followed with a steal and a dunk. On the other end, redshirt freshman Mo Alie-Cox swatted one of his five shots, which led an old-fashioned three-point play on the offensive end to cap a 8-0 sput in the final minute to send VCU into the half with a 37-34 lead.
  • After Northeastern tied the game at 49, the Rams hit a pair of threes from Brandenberg and Graham to grab a 55-51 lead.
  • Off of a drive and kick from Brandenberg, Graham hit a three from the corner plus a foul.  He converted the four-point play to give VCU a 61-53 lead with just over eight minutes to play.
  • Less than a minute later, Brandenberg found Graham again for a three from the left side to extend the Rams lead to nine.
  • With just over four minutes to go, Weber beat a double-team with a dribble behind his back, and proceeded to find Alie-Cox down low for a three-point play which gave the Rams a 72-61 lead.
  • After grabbing a defensive rebound, Graham found Weber in the open court for a one-handed tomahawk jam to extend VCU's advantage to 12.
  • The final 9:55 saw zero field goals for the Huskies, only 13 free throws. VCU outscored Northeastern 24-13 over that span.
Up Next:
  • VCU hits the road for a quick turnaround against a tough Belmont squad who currently holds the nation's longest homecourt winning streak at 23. The Rams and Bruins will do battle on Sunday, December 1 at 5 p.m. EST. The game can seen on CSN-Mid Atlantic and SNY. 

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