Score: VCU 72, Bowling Green 61
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Attendance: 7,637 (120th consecutive sellout)
The short story: VCU forced 27 turnovers, its most in three years, while redshirt junior guard Marcus Evans and freshman guard Vince Williams combined for 24 points as the Rams overwhelmed Bowling Green Monday at the E.J. Wade Arena.
- Evans provided 12 points, five steals and three assists in just 17 minutes off the bench, while Williams supplied a season-best 12 points and three rebounds
- Redshirt sophomore forward Corey Douglas turned in a solid all-around performance in place of Sean Mobley, who sat out Monday's contest with a minor knee injury. Douglas finished with seven points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.
- Bowling Green was led by Demajeo Wiggins as he scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 30 minutes.
- Ten Rams scored Monday, including seven with seven or more points.
- After eight lead changes in the first 10 minutes of the first half, VCU used an 11-4 burst to turn a 19-17 lead into a 30-21 advantage with 5:56 left in the period. Bowling Green would not seriously threaten the rest of the way.
- After the Falcons cut VCU's lead to 30-24, the Rams went on a 12-1 run to give them a 42-25 just before halftime
- VCU would lead by as many as 25 with 9:53 left.
- VCU turned 27 Bowling Green turnovers into 30 points and scored 22 points in the paint.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- VCU's 27 forced turnovers were its most since it turned Buffalo over 31 times on Dec. 22, 2015
- The Black and Gold have limited their first three opponents to 34-percent (57-of-168) shooting, including 28 percent (14-of-51) from three. VCU opponents are averaging 21 turnovers per game.
- VCU totaled 11 steals and six blocked shots in the game
- The Rams' bench outscored the Falcons' reserves 42-15
VCU returns to action on Monday, Nov. 19 when it takes on Temple in the semifinal round of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. That contest will tip-off at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN3.
COACH RHOADES POSTGAME