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Video: No.21 Rams defeat rival Richmond

The University of Richmond traveled to the city of Richmond for the first time this year, but head back to Henrico losers of an 93-82 battle against VCU.

8535098935_b14a719095_bThe Rams had trouble containing Richmond’s guards, but countered with their highest scoring total since early January.

VCU honored seniors Darius Theus, Troy Daniels and David Hinton before tonight’s tip, but it was sophomore Treveon Graham leading the Rams to their third-straight win.

Graham posted a team-high 21 points on 8-0f-11 shooting and added 4 rebounds on the night. The 6’6 guard/forward took over in the second half, posting 15 points on a perfect 6-6 shooting and 3-3 from the free throw line.

The Rams attacked Richmond relentlessly in the paint and outscored the Spiders 28-11 at the free throw line.

Junior Juvonte Reddic hit a game-high eight free throws and finished with 16 points for VCU.

Senior Darius Theus was one of two other Rams in double digits, scoring 13 points to go along with three assists, two steals and two rebounds.

Rob Brandenberg (12) and Melvin Johnson (11) round out the list of double-digit scorers for VCU.

Senior Troy Daniels finished with nine points for the Rams.

The win moves VCU to 24-6 on the season and 12-3 in Atlantic 10 play.

Following a Xavier win over Saint Louis, the Rams moved into a tie with the Billikens for first place in the league. VCU can win the league’s title outright if La Salle can knock out SLU in St. Louis on Saturday, then follow that with a win at Temple the following day.

VCU v Richmond from VCU Ram Nation on Vimeo.

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 VCURamNation.com since 2007. mshelton@vcuramnation.com @MatShelton