Score: VCU 90, Rider 79
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 9-4, Rider 5-7
Attendance: 7,637 (125th consecutive sellout)
The short story: Redshirt junior guard Mike'L Simms scored a season-high 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, lead the Rams to an 11-point victory over Rider Saturday. In all, five Rams scored in double figures.
- VCU junior guard Marcus Evans supplied 15 points, five assists and five rebounds in 29 minutes of action to lead all scorers
- Junior guard De'Riante Jenkins added 13 points, as well as a team-high six assists in 28 minutes for the Black and Gold, while classmates Issac Vann and Malik Crowfield combined for 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc
- Stevie Jordan led the way for Rider, supplying 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds on 3-of-7 shooting from the field
- The Rams shot .532 (33-of-62) from the field and knocked down a season-high 14 three-pointers on 29 attempts. The Rams led for all but 11 seconds Sunday and led by as many as 23
- With the Rams leading 11-6 with 16:45 left in the first period, Vann's steal and slam ignited a 12-3 VCU run to extend the Rams lead to 23-9 with 13:36 remaining before the half
- After Rider cut the lead to 35-22 at the 7:21 mark of the first period, back-to-back Corey Douglas layups sparked a 10-2 run to give the Rams their largest lead of the game at 47-24. VCU entered the half leading 49-33
- With VCU leading by 15 with 11:59 remaining in the second half, Crowfield hit three straight 3-pointers to extend the Rams lead back to 74-52 with 10:26 left in the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- VCU held a 24-20 advantage in assists
- VCU turned 14 Rider turnovers into 10 points and scored 30 points in the paint in Sunday's win
- The Rams held a 38-31 advantage in bench points
VCU returns to the court on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. when they travel to Bronx, N.Y. to take on Fordham in their first Atlantic 10 Conference contest of the season.
VCU PLAYER POSTGAME
COACH RHOADES POSTGAME