February 15, 2014

RAMS RALLY, BUT DROP 64-62 ROAD DECISION TO #12 SAINT LOUIS

The Basics

  • Score: #12 Saint Louis 64, VCU 62
  • Records: VCU (20-6, 8-3 A10), Saint Louis (23-2, 10-0 A10)
  • Location: Chafietz Arena – Saint Louis, Mo.
  • The Short Story: Juniors Treveon Graham and Briante Weber combined for 23 second-half points as the VCU men's basketball team staged a second-half rally that came up just short against #12 Saint Louis in a 64-62 road loss. Graham finished with a team-high 16 points as well as grabbing eight rebounds. Weber finished with 12 points, a career-high tying nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. Senior Juvonte Reddic was the third Ram in double-figures with 13 points and nine rebounds.
How It Happened
  • After the teams traded baskets to start the game, a runner by junior Jarred Guest sparked a 10-3 VCU run that was capped off by a 3-pointer by Melvin Johnson to give VCU a 16-10 lead with 10:59 to play in the first half.
  • Saint Louis responded with an 8-0 run of their own, finished off by a fastbreak dunk by Dwayne Evans to give the Billikens an 18-16 advantage with 8:32 remaining in the half.
  • In the final six minutes of the first half, there were six lead changes and five ties, but a layup by Jordair Jett with under 10 seconds remaining sent SLU into the break with a 30-27 lead.
  • VCU forced the Billikens into an uncharacteristic 12 first-half turnovers, leading to five steals for the Black & Gold.
  • Weber and Graham each scored three points a piece in the first two minutes of the second half to help the Rams regain the lead at 33-31 with 18:03 to play.
  • Once again, SLU responded, this time it was a 9-0 run that gave the home team a 40-33 cushion.
  • Free-throws from Evans pushed the lead to 12, but a tip-in by freshman Mo Alie-Cox sparked a 7-0 VCU run that made it a two-possession game at 49-44 with 7:11 remaining.
  • SLU would push the lead back to nine, but once again the Rams responded. This time an old-fashioned 3-point play by Graham capped off a 9-0 run and tied the game at 53 with 2:17 left on the clock.
  • The Billikens would score the game's next seven points, but Reddic and Weber would continue to chip away at the lead in the game's final minutes.
  • Once again, free-throws by Evans would seal it, but a tip-in by Reddic in the game's final second would finish off the scoring in the 64-62 contest.
Up Next
  • The Rams return to action next Friday, Feb. 21st when they travel to UMass. Game time on ESPN2 is set for 7 p.m.
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