Rodriguez leads Rams past GSU

BlizzardOnBSTThe snow may have cooled down (er..canceled) the Homecoming activities planned for tonight’s matchup against Georgia State, but Joey Rodriguez decided he’d crown himself King of this court regardless.

Rodriguez lead all scorers with 22 points on the evening to go along with his 9 assists in a game that often resembled the sloppy conditions outside of the building.

After jumping out to a 13 point halftime lead, VCU let the Panthers get as close as 4 points late, but then just as quickly rallied to a 78-62 win.

Larry Sanders posted his seventh double double of the season, finishing with 13 points, 13 boards, and 3 rebounds. Sanders was held to just 2 points in the second half.

Rozzell (12), Nixon (10), and Theus (10) rounded out the list of double digit scorers for the black and gold. Theus scored all of his 10 points in the first half.

The Rams hit just 4 shots from long range after hitting 20 the previous game against Towson.

VCU did most of it’s damage this evening at the free throw line, hitting 30 of 35 in a game that saw a total of 52 fouls.

The Rams move to 15-5 on the season, 7-4 in the CAA heading into Wednesday’s game at UNCW. After that the Rams face arch rival Old Dominion this coming Saturday at the Siegel Center, 7:30.

Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for Ram Nation since 2007 with a focus on news, photos, and feature stories.
  • rammad90
  • January 31, 2010
This game was ugly but hey we won on very cold day.
  • rammad90
  • January 31, 2010
I still do not get Shaka's substitution patterns.

We have an advantage in the front court.

However, when G State's front court got into foul trouble we went small go figure?

Will Shaka ever go big with Sanders, Santil, Skeen, Burgess or Rozell, and Rodriquez?

I'd simply like to see that line up at some point Skeen could play on the wing.

  • Michael
  • January 31, 2010
I am frustrated with Skeen. I do not think the team is better with him on the court. Maybe I am wrong. I would like to see the +/- with him out there.
  • rammad90
  • January 31, 2010
Skeen is a talented unselfish player. He is trying to find his role on this team. The talent is their he needs to up his comfort level. Also, I think he is more of a face up guy who is being forced to play with his back to the basket.

I wouldnt mind seeing Santil play a bit more in the post with Larry and letting Skeen share the wing spot with Bradford a bit. Maybe playing those three(Larry, Santil, and Skeen) together would prove productive as well.

But to your point dont be frustrated with Skeen, he'll prove his worth in the next three to four games.

Remember when everyone was clamoring for Joeys head? Joey played through an adjustment period and is now playing just fine as I new he would. Case in point, one of the announcers during game stated, "If there is a better point guard in the CAA right now I'd like see him".