SECOND HALF DEFENSE SENDS VCU TO EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN  

Score: VCU 85, George Washington 57
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 21-6 (12-2 Atlantic 10), George Washington 8-19 (4-10)
Attendance: 7,637 (132nd consecutive sellout)

The short story: Redshirt junior guard Marcus Evans' scoring, as well as VCU's stifling defense, powered the Rams past George Washington and to a season-high eighth straight victory Saturday.

OPENING TIP

  • VCU has won eight in a row to keep sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 at 12-2
  • Evans led all scorers with his season-high 25 points while shooting 6-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He was also 9-of-10 at the free throw line
  • Overall, 10 different Rams got on the scoreboard, including sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva and junior guard De'Riante Jenkins, who provided 14 and 11 points, respectively
  • Redshirt sophomore forward Corey Douglas added six points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the Black and Gold off the bench
  • George Washington's D.J. Williams led his team with 22 points and seven rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU used a stout defensive effort to open up the second half on an 18-0 run that gave the Rams a 61-42 advantage. The Colonials missed their first 12 shots and did not score until the 9:51 mark of the second half
  • George Washington shot just 20 percent (5-of-25) from the field in the second half, including 0-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc
  • The Black and Gold forced 15 George Washington turnovers, which led to 17 VCU points

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • George Washington shot 55 percent (16-of-29) from the field in the first half, but scored just 17 second-half points
  • VCU's bench outscored GW's bench 25-9
  • The Rams scored 16 fast break points compared to the Colonials' five
  • Over the last five games, VCU has outscored opponents by 114 points
  • The game featured five lead changes and four ties within the first 12 minutes of the first half
  • VCU committed just nine turnovers Saturday and has coughed the ball up just 16 times in its past two outings

NEXT UP
VCU will return to action when it hosts Saint Louis on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. That critical A-10 matchup will be aired on CBSSN.

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