VCU RUNS PAST RICHMOND IN CITY CLASSIC

Score: VCU 81, Richmond 60
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 18-6 (9-2 Atlantic 10), Richmond 10-15 (4-8)
Attendance: 7,637 (130th consecutive sellout)

The short story: Redshirt junior guards Marcus Evans and Issac Vann each provided 16 points as VCU ran away from crosstown rival Richmond Wednesday in the Lumber Liquidators Capital City Classic.

OPENING TIP

  • Evans scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting in addition to five assists and two steals
  • Vann poured in 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 24 minutes of action
  • Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva supplied eight points and four rebounds (two offensive) and a blocked shot
  • Four other Rams scored at least five points in the win
  • The Rams have now won five straight games for the first time this season and improved to 9-2 in A-10 play to retain a share of first place
  • Nathan Kayo led Richmond with 18 points and three rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • The sequence of the game came with 6:54 left to play in the game. Junior guard De'Riante Jenkins came up with a steal and lofted a beautiful alley-oop to Santos-Silva who threw it down over a Richmond defender. The play ignited a 6-1 VCU run that culminated in another alley-oop, this time from Jenkins to Vann, to put the Rams up 73-50 late in the second half.
  • With VCU leading 12-11 with 10:07 remaining in the first half, redshirt junior guard Mike'L Simms sparked a 13-2 Black and Gold run with a layup – and Vann bookended it with a 3-pointer – to push the Rams' lead to 25-13 with 6:25 left in the first half. The Rams led by double digits the rest of the way.
  • VCU outrebounded the Spiders 29-24 and forced 16 Richmond turnovers in Wednesday's win
  • VCU shot 57.4% (27-of-47) from the field, including 45.5% (10-of-22) from beyond the arc

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU improved to 52-30 all-time against the Spiders, the program's most wins over any opponent
  • VCU outscored Richmond in the paint 34-24 and 12-6 in fast break points
  • The Rams led for 33:30 Wednesday
  • VCU's bench outscored Richmond's 28-1

NEXT UP
VCU will travel to Dayton, Ohio for a 4 p.m. matchup with the Flyers on Saturday, Feb. 16 at UD Arena.

 

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