A sold out Stuart C. Siegel Center welcomed Jeff Capel back to Richmond…but he’s never coming back.
VCU lead by as many as 17 points as the Rams knocked off the 17th ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the 2nd part of OU’s contractual obligation to play the black and gold.
A rumored 18 NBA scouts came to watch Larry Sanders and Willie Warren battle, but saw Marist transfer Jay Gavin steal the show. Gavin continued to make the most of his minutes scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in 26 minutes of play (Gavin averaged 11 points in 17 minutes coming into this game).
Larry Sanders played only 21 minutes on his 21st birthday, but scored 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting, blocked 3 shots, and added 4 assists.
The Rams held Sporting News Preseason National Player of the Year, Willie Warren to a modest 8 points in his 32 minutes on the court. Warren was bothered by cramping throughout the night, and seemed frustrated by VCU’s defense.
VCU was forced to play small early and often, as Larry Sanders was saddled with foul trouble and only contributed 7 minutes in the first half.
Bradford Burgess lead the Rams with 9 rebounds.
VCU moves to 2-1 and will head to Hampton to take on the Pirates this Monday night.