Score: VCU 87, UVA-Wise 41
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
The short story: Freshman guard KeShawn Curry led four Rams in double figures as VCU defeated UVA-Wise 87-41 in an exhibition contest Tuesday night. VCU forced 22 Cavaliers' turnovers and held UVA-Wise to 17 percent shooting (10-of-58) from the field.
- Curry lead the way with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and added four rebounds.
- Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Rams in 18 minutes of action
- Junior guard De'Riante Jenkins and redshirt sophomore forward Corey Douglas each tallied 10 points and combined for 19 rebounds Tuesday
- UVA-Wise was led by freshman Briggs Parris, who provided nine points on 3-of-9 shooting from behind the arc
- No Cavaliers' players scored double digits.
- The Cavaliers made a game of it early, but a steal and score by VCU sophomore guard Malik Crowfield ignited an 18-0 run that pushed the Rams to a 25-6 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half
- After UVA-Wise cut the lead to 15 with just over nine minutes remaining, VCU picked up the pressure once again and forced three turnovers over the next three minutes to extend the lead to 35-10
- The floodgates opened in the second half as VCU opened the final 20 minutes on a 9-0 run to extend the Rams' lead to 34. A short time later, the Rams embarked on a 16-3 burst to go ahead by 45 with eight minutes remaining
- The Rams shot .500 (17-of-34) in the second half and led by as many as 47
- VCU turned 22 Cavaliers' turnovers into 33 points, scored 50 points in the paint and owned a 10-0 advantage in fast break points
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- VCU totaled 14 steals in the game, including five by junior guard Mike'L Simms and three each by Curry and senior swingman Issac Vann
- The Rams shot .895 (17-of-19) from the charity stripe, including 11-11 in the first half
- VCU owned a 60-36 edge on the glass
- The Rams held a 49-15 advantage in bench points
VCU opens regular season play at home on Tuesday, Nov. 6, against the Garner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs. Tip-off is at the Siegel Center is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on MASN.