VCU COMEBACK ATTEMPT FALLS JUST SHORT IN EMOTIONAL TEXAS CONTEST  

Score: Texas 71, VCU 67
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 5-4, Texas 6-2
Attendance: 7,637 (105th consecutive sellout)

The short story: Senior forward Khris Lane scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half to fuel a furious VCU comeback attempt Tuesday night at the E.J. Wade Arena. Lane capped a 25-5 run with a 3-pointer from the right wing that pushed VCU in front 63-62 with 3:52 remaining. But a critical trey by Texas' Dylan Osetkowski in the waning moments pushed the Longhorns to the win. The game also marked the return of former VCU Coach Shaka Smart to the E.J. Wade Arena.

OPENING TIP 

  • VCU senior forward Justin Tillman posted a game-high 22 points along with 10 points for a double-double.
  • Lane provided 15 points on the night and knocked down 4-of-5 from 3-point range. He added five rebounds.
  • Sophomore guard De'Riante Jenkins added 12 points and five rebounds for the Black and Gold.
  • VCU outrebounded Texas 38-33 and led in offensive rebounds 15-12.
  • Mohamed Bamba had a double-double with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
  • Andrew Jones led the Longhorns with 19 points including 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • After Texas took a 64-63 lead on two Bamba free throws, the Rams missed a 3-pointer and Texas' Dylan Osetkowski hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to push the Longhorns lead to 67-63 with 55 ticks on the clock.
  • The Longhorns shot 51 percent from the floor while the Rams connected on 40 percent.
  • The Longhorns recorded six blocks, four of them coming from Mohamed Bamba.
  • Texas jumped ahead early an opened the game on a 14-2 run as Andrew Jones scored nine of those points for the Longhorns.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Tillman recorded his 18th double-double of his career.
  • Santos-Silva had a career-high eight points along with six rebounds.
  • The 19-point deficit was the largest deficit the Rams have rebounded from to retake the lead this season.

NEXT UP
VCU will play No. 19 Seton Hall in the Never Forget Tribute Classic at 3 p.m. on FOX.