Final Score: VCU 72, Saint Francis (Pa.) 58
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU (1-0), SFU (0-1)
Attendance: 7,637 (135th consecutive sellout)
The Short Story: Marcus Santos-Silva paced the Rams with a 21-point, 18-rebound double-double effort to hold off a resilient Saint Francis squad on Tuesday night.
- Santos-Silva recorded his double-double on an efficient 8-for-11 from the floor. He also added three assists, three steals and a block
- Senior guard De'Riante Jenkins poured in 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting while fellow senior guard Marcus Evans added 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting
- In total, nine Rams got on the scoresheet including Bones Hyland (four points) and Hason Ward (two points) in their first collegiate action
- Red Flash guard Isaiah Blackmon scored 15 points and had five rebounds. Myles Thompson also had 10 points and eight rebounds for Saint Francis
- The Rams shot 49.1-percent (27-for-55) from the floor while holding Saint Francis to a 32.3-percent clip (21-for-65) on the other end
- The Black & Gold dominated in the paint, outscoring the Red Flash 42-22 around the basket
- After quickly falling behind 4-2, the Rams went on a 14-2 run to take the lead for good
- VCU's lead grew to as large as 32-15 in the first half, but the Red Flash cut the Rams' lead slightly to make it 36-22 heading into the half
- A strong start to the second half, that included five-straight points from redshirt senior forward Issac Vann, gave the Rams their largest lead of the night at 51-30 with 13:08 remaining
- A 12-1 run by SFU that spanned nearly four minutes made it 52-42 with 8:19 left. VCU answered with straight made shots to put the game out of reach.
- VCU has now won its season opener for 14 straight seasons dating back to the 2006-07 campaign
- Both teams showed some rust in the first game of the year, combining for 37 turnovers in the contest
- The Rams improve to 3-2 all-time against SFU. The last meeting between the two programs was in 2011-12
The Rams host North Texas for Homecoming at the Siegel Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Friday, Nov. 8.