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Video: VCU defeats Florida Gulf Coast

The Rams opened their regular season in typical VCU fashion, forcing 25 FGCU turnovers in tonight’s 80-57 home win.

Briante Weber set the tone with a VCU single-game record 10 steals. The Rams swiped 22 in total on the night, also good for a VCU single-game record, passing the 20-steal total from Dec of 2011 against UNCW.

Weber was more than just defense on the night however, as the sophomore was an incredibly efficient 6-7 from the field (1-1 from long range). Weber posted 11 points on the evening and was one of four players to reach double digits. Three other players scored at least 8 points in the Rams’ balanced attack that included 36 bench points to 40 from the starting five.

Fellow sophomore Treveon Graham has been pegged as the man most likely to play the role of last season’s leading scorer, Bradford Burgess. So far Graham is off to a good start, posting a team-high 15 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in just 24 minutes of play.

Rob Brandenberg and Juvonte Reddic round out VCU’s list of double-digit scorers, with 11 and 10 respectively. Reddic lead all players with nine rebounds.

Another notable performance came from VCU freshman Melvin Johnson. The top-100 recruit scored nine points in just 12 minutes of play, going 4-9 from the floor and adding two rebounds (both offensive) and an assist for the Rams.

VCU will find the sledding much tougher against the next opponent this coming Tuesday. The Rams will take on the Shockers of Wichita State, who VCU last defeated 62-59 in the second round of last season’s NCAA tournament.

Prior to that, the Rams defeated the Shockers 68-67 in a televised BracketBusters contest as Joey Rodriguez hit two free throws in the final 0.8 seconds, a win that proved to be vital in punching VCU’s controversial ticket to the 2011 NCAA tournament that saw them make a historic run to their first-ever Final 4 appearance.

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About Mat Shelton-Eide

VCU School of the Arts (BFA '07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. '10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he'd attend games with his father. Worked as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department for the '09-'10 season, but has covered VCU basketball for since 2007. Like what you're reading and want to know how you can keep alive? Make a donation! While we sell advertising on our site, we aren't the best at it, so your donation helps us take time away from things like "work" to work on FOLLOW THIS LINK to make a secure donation through PayPal.


  1. Go Kansas Jayhawks! I went to Baylor, they are out, but I grew up in Kansas and I always cheer for them. I have no other picks: it’s Kansas or nnotihg! How come they are not in your top 4? The horror!! Glad to know you are on the mend and please know we counted it a privilege to lift you up in prayer. Joyfully,Kristi