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Video – VCU defeats JMU

The Rams (12-5, 3-2) got a much needed bounce back win tonight, defeating JMU (8-8, 1-4) in front of a CAA record 11th-consecutive sell out crowd, 65-45.

In their best defensive effort since November, VCU held the Dukes to just two points in the final 7:59, turning a six-point lead into a 20-point blowout.

In what is becoming a major theme of the season, VCU’s bench came up big, outscoring the Dukes 32-3 in the night, including a game-high 18 points from freshman Treveon Graham in just 23 minutes of play.

Graham provided a much needed spark for a black-and-gold squad that has struggled to score as of late, going 2-3 from long range and hitting 6-of-10 field goals on the evening. Graham’s 18 ties his career high, his third double-digit output of the season.

Graham added six rebounds and an assist in the win.

Bradford Burgess came up big against a small Dukes squad, grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with ten points, two assists and a block.

Darius Theus rounds out the list of double-digit scorers for the Rams. Theus scored 12 points and hit a rare couple of threes in the win. Theus lead the Rams with four assists as well.

Freshman Brianted Weber continued his defensive dominance against the Dukes. Weber notched four steals to go along with six points and three rebounds.

Weber’s four steals moves him three ahead of ODU’s Kent Bazemore as the CAA’s current leader in the category. Bazemore is the CAA’s Preseason Player of the Year and 2011 CAA Defensive Player of the Year.

VCU will look to notch their second CAA road win of the season, as the Rams head to Newark to take on the Blue Hens of Delaware (7-8, 3-2) this Saturday at 2PM.

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VCU School of the Arts (BFA ’07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. ’10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he’d attend games with his father. Worked as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department for the ’09-’10 season, but has covered VCU basketball for VCURamNation.com since 2007.