Tonight marked the final time Ram Nation would get to see Seniors Darius Theus, Troy Daniels and David Hinton suit up at home as they hosted cross town rival, Richmond. After suffering an exhausting overtime loss about 5 weeks ago, at Richmond, VCU looked to build their momentum after getting a statement win against Butler on Saturday.
This night may have been for the Seniors but it was Sophomore Treveon Graham who would lead the team in scoring with 21 points. He would help lead a final 6-0 run with under two minutes that would solidify a Rams win, 93-82.
After giving the seniors the spotlight before tip off, both teams got off to a slow start with two minutes going off the clock before the game would see it’s first field goal. The Spiders, once again, would try to control the pace, this time with speed as they would push the ball, rendering Havoc useless at first, which led to a 9 point lead 10 and minutes into the game.
With help from a few powerful put backs from Sophomore Jarred Guest, not even four minutes later the Rams would go on a run that would put themselves up by one, 26-25. Later, Junior Rob Brandenberg would nail a three as time would expire in the first half that found the Rams up by two, 43-41.
Both sides came out fighting to start the second half, exchanging leads for the first 11 minutes. Theus would nail a three to tie it up at 65 a piece with 10 minutes remaining. Freshman Melvin Johnson would put the Rams ahead by a pair while drawing a foul in the paint.
Richmond would once again find the open wingman, this time Terry Allen, for a corner shot to knot it up at 79 a piece with just 3 minutes left to go.
But that was almost the last bucket for the Spiders as the Rams would dominate the remaining 2 minutes, getting help from Junior Juvonte Reddic with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Theus also would hit the double digit mark in scoring with 13 along with Brandenberg’s 12.
Tonight’s game would see a lot of inside presence offensively for both teams. Both the Spiders and the Rams would get almost half their points from within the paint. Defensively, it was a different story around the basket as the Spiders would out rebound VCU 33-26. VCU and Richmond would shoot 55% and 54% respectively (59 shots to UR’s 55)
The won moved VCU to 24-6 (12-3 in A10 play). The Rams have one more stop before they head for Brooklyn for the Atlantic 10 tournament as they will travel to Philadelphia to play Temple on Saturday.