January 9, 2014
WEBER, RAMS POWER PAST MASON, 71-57, ON “CHECK THE STU” NIGHT
- Score: VCU 71, George Mason 57
- Records: VCU (13-3), George Mason (7-8)
- Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village – Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: Juniors Treveon Graham and Briante Weber combined for 23 points in the second half and the VCU men's basketball team held its fourth opponent in the past five games under 60 points as the Rams opened Atlantic 10 conference play with a 71-57 victory over George Mason. Graham finished with his seventh career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Weber finished with 12 points, five steals and four rebounds, while senior Juvonte Reddic notched season-high 14 rebounds.
How It Happened
- George Mason would come out attacking and take an early lead thanks to Patriot youngsters Marquise Moore and Jalen Jenkins, who helped Mason out to a 10-5 lead with 16:07 to play in the first half.
- VCU would chip away at the lead and the teams traded baskets until a bucket from Reddic and free-throws by Graham gave the Rams their first lead of the game at 21-20 with 8:19 to play before the break.
- Neither team would lead by more than three points the rest of the stanza and a 3-pointer from Rob Brandenberg sent the Black & Gold into the locker room break with a 35-34 cushion.
- HAVOC ratcheted up the pressure coming out of the break forcing four straight turnovers by the Patriots and leading to a 9-0 run, which gave Mason a 46-36 lead with 15:51 remaining.
- Bryon Allen and Patrick Holloway would try and keep Mason close, but the Patriots couldn't get any closer than four points the rest of the way.
- VCU went a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe over the final two minutes to seal its 13 straight home victory.
Beyond the Boxscore
- VCU won its 13 straight game at home in front of the 43rd consecutive sellout at the Siegel Center.
- During its five-game winning streak, the Rams are holding their opposition to 38.3-percent from the field, 28.6-percent from three and forcing 22 turnovers per outing. VCU is averaging just 9.2 turnovers themselves, leading to a +12.8 turnover margin. The Black & Gold are outscoring their opponents during the streak by a tally of 75.0-55.8.
- With five more steals on the night, Weber moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time steals list at VCU with 239. He passed former Ram greats Joey Rodriguez and Darius Theus.
- The Rams celebrated "Check the Stu" night with each fan receiving a free t-shirt in either black or gold depending on which part of the checkboard pattern they were sitting in.
- VCU will make the short trek to the nation's capital to take on George Washington on Tuesday evening. Game time on CBS Sports Network is set for 7 p.m.