March 1, 2014
GRAHAM, WEBER LEAD RAMS PAST 10TH-RANKED ST. LOUIS, 67-56
- Score: VCU 67, #10 Saint Louis 56
- Records: VCU (22-7, 10-4), Saint Louis (25-4, 12-2)
- Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village
- The Short Story: Junior Treveon Graham scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the VCU men's basketball team took down 10th-ranked St. Louis, 67-56, in front of the 49th straight sellout at the Siegel Center. The Rams have now won 19 straight at home, the seventh-longest active streak in the country. Briante Weber added 13 points, five rebounds and four steals in the victory. The Rams forced the Billikens into 17 turnovers leading to 12 steals.
How It Happened:
- VCU got out to an early 8-4 lead after forcing three turnovers in the first few minutes of play.
- With just under 11 minutes left in the first half, a Melvin Johnson steal led to an offensive rebound and three point play for Jarred Guest, giving VCU a 22-15 advantage.
- Less than two minutes later, Guest and Graham combined for four points in a matter of seconds. Moments later, Weber picked off an inbounds pass that led to a pair of made free throws for Reddic. The strong series of plays gave the Rams their first double digit lead at 28-18.
- VCU pushed their lead to 15 following a 10-0 run capped off by four consecutive points from Mo Alie-Cox.
- Weber and Graham kicked off the scoring in the second half, helping to keep the advantage in double digits over the first eight minutes of the second half.
- Saint Louis guard Jordair Jett managed to cut the deficit to single digits with 9 minutes remaining, but Graham sunk a three that pushed the lead back to 12.
- With 6:30 to play, Rob Brandenberg took a lob from Reddic in transition and converted the alley-oop with a layup at the rim. The Rams were in front 55-43.
- The Billikens cut the lead to 8, 60-52, but a Weber steal led to a Johnson fastbreak layup with 1:24. Reddic got an open dunk on the next possession to seal the victory.
- VCU closes out its regular season conference schedule with an away game against rival Richmond on Thursday, and a home game on Saturday against St. Bonaventure. Thursday's matchup with the Spiders will tip-off at 9 p.m., and will be telecast on CBS Sports Network.