FIRST HALF DOOMS VCU AT GEORGE WASHINGTON  

Score: George Washington 80, VCU 56
Location: Washington, D.C. (Smith Center)
Records: VCU 15-12 (7-7 A-10), George Washington 12-15 (5-9)

The short story: Senior forward Justin Tillman supplied a double-double to pace VCU, but it wasn't enough, as the Rams fell behind George Washington early and never recovered Saturday in Foggy Bottom.

OPENING TIP

  • Tillman provided 11 points and 13 rebounds, as well as a blocked shot, to the VCU cause. He knocked down 5-of-10 attempts from the floor.
  • Sophomore guard De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points for the Rams, all in the first half, while sophomore guard Malik Crowfield fired in nine points on three 3-pointers.
  • Senior point guard Johnny Williams kicked in eight points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals for VCU.
  • Yuta Watanabe led the George Washington attack with 23 points and nine rebounds. Terry Nolan Jr. pitched in 18 points and five steals.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • A Nolan 3-pointer helped spark a 14-4 George Washington burst early in the first half that pushed the Colonials out to a 19-11 lead with 10:14 remaining. Crowfield drew VCU within 22-17 a short time later with a 3-pointer from the left corner, but Watanabe scored 12 points to lead an 18-2 Colonials run that gave them a 40-19 advantage with 2:03 left in the first. VCU never seriously threatened again.
  • George Washington shot 53 percent (30-of-57) in the contest, while VCU was limited to 37-percent (22-of-59) shooting from the field, including 26 percent (6-of-23) from 3-point range.
  • The Rams were also hurt by 17 turnovers, which resulted in 21 points for George Washington.

NOTABLES

  • Tillman's double-double is his 12th of the season and the 28th of his career, which moves him into a tie with Larry Sanders and Juvonte Reddic for fourth place in program history.
  • Tillman also moved into fourth on VCU's career list in rebounds during Saturday's game. He has 850 career boards.

NEXT UP
VCU heads to Amherst, Mass. to face UMass on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. MASN will televise that match-up.

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