VCU stuffs Western Kentucky, fans give thanks

VCU fans have so much to be thankful for this year: a historic Final 4 run, the signing of their rockstar coach to a longterm contract, a beautifully upgraded home arena, and after last night’s 68-45 blowout of Western Ketnucky…an exciting young batch of guards.

The trio of Darius Theus, Rob Brandenberg, and last night’s breakout star, Briante Weber, gave VCU fans reason to be optimistic about the future of Coach Smart’s havoc wreaking system.

After grinding out a 31-27 halftime lead, the Rams found their extra gear, and throttled the Hilltoppers, outscoring the former Sunbelt rival 37-18 over the final 20 minutes.

Senior Bradford Burgess scored a game-high 16 points, but it was freshman Briante Weber that was the talk of the night.

In his second 20+ minute performance of this young season, Weber frustrated the WKU guards, grabbing four steals and posting a career-high 13 points in the contest, including a highlight worthy dunk that brought the VCU bench to it’s feet.

Keeping pace with Weber were guards Darius Theus and Rob Brandenberg who scored 12 each. Brandenberg lead the Rams with 4 assists on the evening.

The trio gelled on the court, and were a major part of Hilltoppers 22 turnovers on the evening.

The win moves VCU to 3-2 heading into a huge road matchup against the 13th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

The game against VCU’s former head coach, Anthony Grant, tips of on ESPNU at 9:30PM.


A two-time graduate of VCU (School of the Arts '07, Center for Sport Leadership '10), Mat is a co-founder of VCU Ram Nation and a longtime fan as the ...