Score: VCU 54, Texas 53
Location: Austin, Texas (Frank C. Erwin Center)
Records: VCU 7-2, Texas 5-3
The short story: Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva recorded his first career double-double, including a career-best 16 rebounds, and VCU got a pair of late stops to knock off Texas Wednesday night in Austin.
- Santos-Silva scored six points and grabbed nine boards in the second half alone to keep the Rams within striking distance. He also recorded five steals in the game
- Junior guard Marcus Evans supplied a game-high 16 points, while De'Riante Jenkins knocked down four first-half 3-pointers and provided 12 points
- Sophomore forward Sean Mobley came off the bench to hit a crucial 3-pointer and finished with seven points in 14 minutes for the Rams
- Jericho Sims led the Longhorns with 14 points
- Mobley snapped a 49-all tie with his 3-pointer from the right wing with 4:38 remaining. Sims nailed a tough jumper in the lane a short time later to pull Texas within 52-51, but the Longhorns would get no closer. A pair of free throws by redshirt junior guard Issac Vann pushed the VCU lead to 54-51 with 2:36 left. A Kerwin Roach layup at the 1:29 mark trimmed the Rams' lead to one again, but VCU turned away Texas twice in the waning moments
- Santos-Silva kicked off the second half by grabbing a pair of offensive rebounds for putbacks to end a VCU dry spell and give the Rams a 38-37 advantage with 14:38 remaining
- VCU outrebounded Texas 39-36, including 17-10 on the offensive glass. The Rams scored 19 second-chance points Wednesday
- The Rams limited Texas to 4-of-17 shooting from beyond the arc, including 0-of-7 in the second half
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- VCU won despite shooting .281 (16-of-57) from the field. But VCU forced 18 Texas turnovers in the contest
- The Rams were 16-of-21 from the free throw line, while Texas was 5-of-8
VCU travels to Charlottesville, Va., where it will meet fourth-ranked Virginia on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.