RAMS TAKE CHARGE, EXTEND WIN STREAK TO NINE  

Score: VCU 71, Saint Louis 65
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 22-6 (13-2 Atlantic 10), Saint Louis 17-11 (8-7)
Attendance: 7,637 (133rd consecutive sellout)

The short story: Redshirt junior guard Marcus Evans guided the Rams to their ninth consecutive win with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists Tuesday at the E.J. Wade Arena

OPENING TIP

  • VCU has won nine in a row to keep sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 at 13-2
  • Evans led all scorers with 20 points while shooting 7-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc
  • Overall, all 11 VCU players got on the board, with redshirt junior guard Isaac Vann scoring in double digits (16 pts) along with Evans
  • Sophomore forwards Sean Mobley and Marcus Santos-Silva added eight points each for the Black and Gold
  • Saint Louis' Tramaine Isabell Jr. and Hasahn French led the Billikens with 16 points

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU went on a 6-0 run in its first three possessions of the game, setting the pace for the rest of the night
  • Saint Louis tied the game at 8 at the 15:26 mark of the first half, but VCU powered back and embarked on a 12-2 run to give the Rams a 20-10 advantage, a lead they never gave back
  • Evans led the way for the Rams in the first half, scoring 15 points while shooting 5-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the 3-pt arc
  • After VCU took its largest lead of the night at 15 at the 14:50 mark of the second half, Saint Louis stormed back within two in a matter of four minutes but the Rams proved resilient
  • The Black and Gold forced the Billikens to commit 19 turnovers, which led to 22 VCU points

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU never trailed Tuesday and led for 38:47
  • The Rams' nine-game winning streak matches its longest since the 2016-17 season
  • VCU improved to 15-1 at home, its second-most home victories in the Siegel Center era
  • VCU's bench outscored Saint Louis' bench 15-1
  • The Rams scored 22 points off of turnovers compared to the Billikens' 14
  • Over the last six games, VCU has outscored its opponents by an average of 20 points per game

NEXT UP
VCU will return to action when it travels to face off against cross-town rival, Richmond, on Saturday, March 2 at 4 p.m. That critical A-10 matchup will air on CBS Sports Network.

 

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