After handling UMass in the second half to get their 4th straight win on Thursday, The Rams were looking to make it five straight as they hosted George Washington University Saturday night. This also marked the fourth time the two teams have matched up, VCU owning all the wins in the series, this game would be no different as the Rams collected their fifth straight win (18 for their last 20), 84-57.
Junior Juvonte Reddic kept Ram Nation on their feet at The Siegel Center in the first half, going 6-6 from the field, with at least 4 rim shaking dunks and on the receiving end of some of the prettiest alley-oops you will see all year. Reddic would lead VCU in scoring on the night with 24 points, ending the night hitting 11-13 against the Colonials.
After scoring 18 points in 18 minutes Thursday night, Freshman Melvin Johnson had another great showing against GWU, scoring 11 points while former VCU Rams and current NBA players, Eric Maynor and Larry Sanders looked on as they returned to The Siegel Center during the NBA All-Star break.
Once again VCU saw their lead grow in the second half as the Rams were up by 20 on the Colonials with 16 minutes left to play in the game. George Washington University would cut that lead back down to just 12 points with 7 minutes remaining.
GWU’s run wouldn’t last long as the Rams stretched their lead back to 27 with about one minute remaining after forcing several GWU turnovers that led to a rare Troy Daniels break away dunk….yes, you read that right, a Troy Daniels dunk.
VCU’s defense was able to cause the usual, 25 turnovers but it was GWU that also caused a little havoc of their own at times for the Rams as VCU turned the ball over 16 times resulting in 16 points for the Colonials.
There are only just two home games left for VCU as they head on the road for the next two games that will have them in St. Louis on Tuesday, February 19th and then at Xavier on the 23rd.
They return to the Stu on Saturday, March 2nd for a big time match up against the team that knocked them out of the Final Four in 2011, Butler.