December 28, 2013
FOUR RAMS IN DOUBLE-FIGURES LEAD VCU TO ROUT OF BOSTON COLLEGE, 69-50
- Score: VCU 69, Boston College 50
- Records: VCU (11-3), Boston College (4-9)
- Location: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.
- The Short Story: Senior Juvonte Reddic led four Rams in double-figures with 14 points and eight rebounds to spark VCU to a 69-50 rout of Boston College. It was the Black & Gold's second straight rout of an ACC squad and third win over an ACC team this year, a feat never accomplished before in program history. Junior Treveon Graham became the 34th player in VCU history to reach 1,000 career points, finishing with 13 points and six rebounds on the night. The Black & Gold forced 23 more turnovers, 11 of them coming via a steal.
How It Happened
- Preseason All-American candidate Olivier Hanlan got Boston College rolling early with four points in the first five minutes to give the Eagles a 8-3 lead.
- Two 3-pointers from senior Rob Brandenberg sparked a 13-2 run for the Rams that gave VCU a 16-10 lead with 10:20 to play in the first half.
- BC responded with a 7-0 run of its own to regain the lead, but Jordan Burgess finished the half with four straight points to cap off a 6-0 run which sent VCU into the break with a 22-17 cushion.
- The Rams continued their momentum in the second half with six straight points, capped of by a nice drive by Graham to give VCU a 28-17 advantage with 17:17 to play in the game.
- Four BC turnovers in a four-minute span led to a 14-1 run for HAVOC and a 49-27 lead with 10:45 remaining.
- The Eagles would get no closer than 16 the rest of the way as the Rams held Boston College to just 38.6% from the field and 16.7% from beyond the arc.
Beyond the Boxscore
- For the first time in school history, VCU has beaten three ACC teams in the same year (Virginia, Virginia Tech and Boston College). Under Coach Smart, the Rams are 5-3 against the ACC.
- Graham became the 18th player in school history to reach 1,000 points during their junior season. He reached the mark in just 86 career games.
- VCU is now 27-5 in the month of December during Coach Smart's tenure.
- Boston College came in averaging 75.2 points per game and with a game-low of 62 points. The Rams held them to 50 points, including just 17 in the first half.
- "I think our guys did a terrific job on the defensive end for pretty much the whole game. Hanlan is a good player and he was a big point of emphasis for us. We did a good job keeping him out of the paint and contesting his shots. I thought Briante Weber and Rob Brandenberg really made things tough for him the whole game. Our four best players really came to play, and they came with a terrific approach. We are still a long way from where we want to be. We just want to keep getting better." – Head Coach Shaka Smart
- "Part of our core values is unselfishness, but we are far from perfect. I think it starts with leadership. Our best players happen to be juniors and seniors and that helps. Tonight they brought unbelievable unselfishness even when the game wasn't going well for them on the offensive end. When you get that from your best players it's contagious." – Head Coach Shaka Smart
- "I'm going to continue to play hard and play for my teammates. Usually good things happen when you focus on that. When we bring the right approach and right attitude, we can play with anyone in the country." – Senior Rob Brandenberg
- The Rams return home for their final non-conference game when they host Stony Brook on Friday, Jan. 3rd. Game time at the Verizon Wireless Arena is set for 9 p.m.