Score: VCU 94, Grambling State 65
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 1-0, Grambling 0-1
Attendance: 7,637 (100th consecutive sellout)
The short story: There was a lot to celebrate Friday night. Between the kicking off the 2017-18 season, VCU's 100th consecutive sellout and Mike Rhoades' official debut, there was plenty to celebrate Friday night. The Rams looked like a team with plenty to cheer about as senior forward Justin Tillman provided a double-double to lead five players in double figures in a lopsided win over Grambling State.
- Tillman was a picture of efficiency. He totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action and hit 4-of-6 field goals, as well as all five of his attempts from the charity stripe.
- Sophomores De'Riante Jenkins and Malik Crowfield were effective shooting all over the floor. They combined for 24 points, 18 of which came on 3-pointers
- Senior guard Johnny Williams finished the night with 14 points and five assists. He also knocked down the fourth and fifth 3-pointers of his career.
- VCU's freshman class pulled its weight Friday. The Rams' collegiate rookies totaled 22 points. Sean Mobley, a 6-foot-8 forward, buried 3-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc.
- Grambling State was lead by senior Diontae Jones, who supplied 16 points, a steal, and a block for the Tigers.
- VCU buried 15-of-34 (.441) from beyond the 3-point arc in the game.
- The Rams first gained separation in the first half with a 12-2, spurred by seven points by senior forward Khris Lane, run that gave them an early 15-6 advantage.
- VCU dominated the paint to the tune of a 49-35 rebounding edge.
- VCU held a 39-point lead with eight and a half minutes left.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- VCU spread the love, with 11 players checking into the game in the first 12 minutes. In all, 13 players appeared in the game and 12 scored.
- The Rams moved the ball well with 17 assists on the night to the Tigers' 7.
- While VCU thrived from long distance, the Tigers missed on all six first half attempts and ended the night going 2-of-13 from 3-point range.
- Crowfield converted a 4-point play in the game.
VCU hosts North Florida on Monday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in a 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational mainland game. North Florida fell 98-66 in their season opener to number-two ranked Michigan State. MASN will televise Monday's contest.