Rams survive Colonials, 79-73

CBIJSKeenThe big question coming into tonight’s game was how VCU would respond to an NIT snub, in a road game, during spring break in…well, let’s be honest, a tournament that some teams turned down.

The Rams seemed to answer that question early, jumping out to a 12 point halftime lead after being up by as many as 17.

Jamie Skeen scored 12 of his 14 points in the half as the Rams shot over 50% from the field, nailing 9 three pointers in the half.

The second half? A different story. VCU watched it’s lead disappear, as many have have this season, and George Washington threatened to end the Black and Gold’s season in crushing fashion.

The Colonials cut the lead to 2, and with 13 seconds left sent freshman Troy Daniels to the line. Daniels entered the game having attempted only 2 free throws on the season, but continued his perfect free throw shooting (4-4) and gave the Rams the breathing room needed to effectively ice the game in rout to a 79-73 win.

Joey Rodriguez lead the Rams with 16 points and 6 assists. He added 5 rebounds and a steal but had an uncharacteristic 8 turnovers in the win.

Ex Nixon tied Skeen’s 14 and added 4 assists and a steal. Skeen tied Larry Sanders with a game high 8 rebounds.

Sanders added 11 points and 2 blocks in the effort.

Bradford Burgess rounded out the group of double digit scorers at 11 on 5-7 shooting. Burgess added 5 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block.

The win was VCU’s 23rd of the season heading into a home March 22nd matchup against the winner of Eastern Kentucky v. College of Charleston.

Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for Ram Nation since 2007 with a focus on news, photos, and feature stories.