RAMS BATTLE BONA, FALL LATE  

 

Score: St. Bonaventure 68, VCU 63
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 16-13 (8-8 A-10), St. Bonaventure 22-6 (12-4)
Attendance: 7,637 (116th consecutive sellout)

The short story: Senior forward Justin Tillman supplied his 14th double-double of the season and VCU forced 17 turnovers, but St. Bonaventure held on of a 68-63 win over VCU Saturday night in Richmond.

OPENING TIP

  • Tillman poured in 20 points and corralled 10 rebounds to book his 30th career double-double. Seven of Tillman's rebounds came during the first half as VCU took a 30-29 lead. He also blocked two shots and knocked down 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc.
  • Senior guard Johnny Williams provided seven assists and two steals, and did not commit a turnover. Williams also added five points and four boards to the Rams' effort.
  • Freshman Sean Mobley scored six points and grabbed six rebounds while adding a steal and three assists.
  • St. Bonaventure's Jaylen Adams and Courtney Stockard each dropped 21 points. Stockard also pulled in a game-high 14 rebounds.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • A jumper by Tillman, followed by a drive to the rim for Williams pulled VCU within 60-59 with 1:26 remaining. But Stockard buried a 3-pointer from the left wing on the Bonnies' ensuing possession. He later grabbed a defensive rebound and drew a foul that allowed him to knock down two free throws to push the Bona advantage to 65-59 with 40 seconds on the clock.
  • Senior forward Khris Lane bookended a 10-0 VCU run midway through the first half with layups, and VCU grabbed a 22-19 lead with 5:28 remaining in the half.
  • In a defensive battle, the two teams combined for 35 turnovers. St. Bonaventure outscored the Rams 25-19 off turnovers.
  • In the second half, the Rams hit just 2-of-14 attempts from beyond the 3-point line. VCU was 9-of-33 from long distance in the game.

NOTABLES

  • With a three-pointer late in the first half, Tillman passed Bo Jones and moved into 22nd place on VCU's all-time scoring list.
  • Khris Lane scored the 1,000th point of his career during Saturday's game. The graduate transfer's career has included stops at Longwood and Drexel prior to VCU.
  • The game featured eight lead changes and 35 total turnovers.

NEXT UP
VCU faces George Mason Wednesday, Feb. 28 at E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center for their final home contest of the season. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will air on MASN. The Rams pulled out an 84-76 victory at George Mason back on Jan. 27.

RAMS BATTLE BONA, FALL LATE   
February 24, 2018 RAMS BATTLE BONA, FALL LATE