Duked, Rams Lose 2nd Straight

LoseTwo halftime leads, two losses.

VCU lost it’s second in a row for just the second time this season. This time watching an 8 point halftime lead turn into a 3 point deficit in a matter of just three minutes, resulting in a 76-71 final.

JMU (11-15, 4-11) played just 7 players on the night, one of which…Denzel Bowles, lead the Dukes with a dominating 21 points but fouled out with 8 minutes to play.

Julius Wells took over where Bowles left off, scoring 20 points including two huge threes down the stretch.

The Rams gave up 43 second half points in a game they desperately needed to win.

Coming into tonight the Rams were locked in a three way tie for that crucial 4th seed needed for a Friday night tournament bye. And seeing Drexel win early, with William and Mary leading top seeded Northeastern, a Rams loss would drop the black and gold to either 5th or 6th in the CAA (depending on the W&M v. NU result).

The loss was Shaka Smart’s 7th of his head coaching career, 5 of which the Rams lead at the half.

VCU moves to 17-7 on the season, 9-6 in conference play heading into a crucial Tuesday matchup against Drexel.