A game that VCU fans have long since circled on their calendar, VCU vs former coach, Anthony Grant. Grant left for the University of Alabama in 2009 after three years in Richmond. VCU Coach Shaka Smart was looking to get his first win over a team from the SEC conference. The return to Richmond wouldn’t be a pleasant one for Grant as the Rams would win convincingly, 73-54.
The Tide came into the Siegel Center at 6-2 overall coming off of a loss in Dayton against the Flyers, another coaching stop for Grant. The Rams were looking to continue where they left off after a win against rival ODU last week.
Coach Smart had VCU focused as ever on their defense as it took Alabama just over ten minutes before they got their first field goal. The Tide turned the ball over 18 times throughout the game which resulted in 19 points for the Rams.
Senior Troy Daniels led the Rams on a 12-0 run towards the end of the first half connecting on 2 consecutive threes and then a rare slash through the paint for an AND1 opportunity that would send the Siegel Center into a frenzy.
VCU had four players in double digits, Sophomore Treveon Graham(14), freshman Melvin Johnson(12), Junior Rob Brandenberg(10) along with Daniels(16).
The Rams, a solid three point shooting team, took 51 field goals, three pointers making up almost half that total with 25. VCU shot just 9 of 25 from behind the arc.
VCU’s next game will be 7pm, Tuesday December 18th at home as they welcome Western Kentucky.