VCU welcomed Dayton to yet another sold out Siegel Center and proceeded to wreak havoc on their new Atlantic 10 friends, swiping 15 steals and forcing 26 turnovers in the Rams’ 74-62 A-10 era opener.
A noisy and “striped out” Stu played sixth man in what was a tight battle most of the game. VCU used their relentless defensive attack to wear down the Flyers, and were able to eventually pull away late after leading by just four at the half.
The Flyers were able to keep things close by knocking down what looked like every open three (in actuality 42.9% of their 21 attempts).
Dayton shot 42.9% from inside and outside of the arch on the night, out-rebounded the Rams by 12, but were ultimately done in by the turnovers that were converted into 30 VCU points.
Treveon Graham once again lead the Rams with 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Graham was a matchup problem all night, consistently getting to the free throw line where he proceeded to go 10-10.
Fellow sophomore Briante Weber was his typical pest self (in a good way!). Weber continued his defensive assault with an eye-popping nine steals on the night, oddly enough…not his highest total this season (10).
Juvonte Reddic saw some foul trouble early but finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes of play.
Deep threat Troy Daniels rounds out the list of double-digit scorers, scoring all of his 12 points behind the line (4-8).
The win was VCU’s 10th-straight and moves the Rams to 13-3 on the season, 1-0 in A-10 play.
VCU head to Olean, NY this Saturday for their first A-10 road game at St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies (7-7, 0-1) opened conference play tonight with a 19-point road loss at George Washington (7-7, 1-0).
The games tips at 4PM on CBS 6.3. Official VCU watch party at Baja Bean Company in the Fan. Can’t make it to the Fan? Be sure to head to Glory Days Grill in either Short Pump or Midlothian for some rippers and VCU basketball!