January 29, 2014
JOHNSON LEADS BALANCED ATTACK AS RAMS ROLL PAST FORDHAM, 76-60
- Score: VCU 76, Fordham 60
- Records: VCU (17-4, 5-1 A10), Fordham (8-12, 1-6 A10)
- Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village
- The Short Story: Sophomore Melvin Johnson led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points as the VCU men's basketball rolled past visiting Fordham, 76-60, in front of a 45th sellout crowd at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Rams had six players with at least nine points, including a second straight double-double from Juvonte Reddic (10 points, 10 rebounds). Junior point guard Briante Weber added seven points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
How It Happened:
- VCU got off to a quick 12-4 lead over the first eight minutes of play, including a 12-1 run after Fordham got on the board first. Jordan Burgess and Lewis kicked off the scoring for VCU with a pair of threes.
- VCU extended their lead to 22-8 after Jarred Guest collected an offensive rebound that led to an open three for Burgess, who ended the evening with nine points and seven rebounds.
- Fordham responded with a quick 7-0 run, but Graham extended the Rams lead to double digits at 25-15 with a triple from the top of the key.
- Closing the first half, Rob Brandenberg knocked down a trey from the left corner and a deep buzzer beating three from the right wing, giving VCU a 40-23 advantage at the break.
- Weber opened the second half scoring for the Rams with a steal and one handed breakaway dunk.
- Fordham converted a run of consecutive baskets to draw within 12 at 44-32.
- At the fourteen-minute mark in the second half, Johnson sunk a floater from the baseline preceding a monster block at the rim for Mo Alie-Cox, helping to preserve the 16-point lead.
- Trading baskets during the middle portion of the second half, Weber found Johnson for a catch and shoot three from the left wing with ten minutes to play, giving VCU a 64-46 advantage.
- VCU extended their lead to 18, 64-46, after a putback layup by Reddic and a three in transition by Johnson with 6:09 to play.
- Continuing to score, VCU got a scoop shot from Johnson and a pair of free throws from Alie-Cox that ended a 14-2 run with 4:31 to play.
Beyond the Boxscore
- The 17-4 start is the best start under Head Coach Shaka Smart and best at VCU since the 2006-07 season when the Black & Gold started 19-3 en route to a CAA Championship and NCAA Tournament Second Round Appearance.
- VCU has now won 15 straight at home, which is tied for the 10th-longest active home winning streak in the country. The Rams are now 67-7 under Coach Smart at home.
- Junior Briante Weber is now just three steals away from breaking the school record, currently held by Rolando Lamb with 257 career thefts.
- VCU remains at home with the first edition of the Bank of America Capital City Classic against Richmond on Saturday, February 1st. Game time is set for 11 a.m. and can be seen ESPN2.