Ram fans got their first taste of Havoc 5.0 tonight as VCU hosted a Black versus Gold scrimmage that pit Ram v Ram in a fast-paced rare October sampling of college hoops.
VCU faithful waited in the rain in a line that stretched around the block, then packed the half of the Siegel Center made available for the game, watching team Gold wreak a small bit of havoc on the Black team in the 72-56 win.
Sophomore Melvin Johnson led all players with 25 points on 10-19 shooting, including a Troy Daniels-like 5-of-7 from long range. Newcomer Terrance Shannon was equally as impressive, exciting Ram fans with 16 points and seven rebounds in his 26 minutes for the Gold. Treveon Graham chipped in a workmanlike 15 points on 5-0f-10 shooting and added a game-high 10 rebounds on the night.
Freshman JeQuan Lewis led the Black team with 13 points in his first performance in front of a live crowd at the Siegel Center. Lewis was 3-5 from long range and hit four of his seven attempts on the evening. Rob Brandenberg and Juvonte Reddic rounded out the list of double-digit scorers for team Black, both going 5-9 from the field with Reddic chipping in 8 rebounds as well in his 25 minutes.
Steals and turnovers were abundant in the game, with the Gold team swiping 10 to team Black’s 9 steals. Turnovers proved to be too much to overcome for the Black team, surrendering the ball 19 times in the loss.
Briante Weber got a dress rehearsal for his likely roll as starting point guard for VCU. The junior dropped a game high eight assists and added six points and six assists while going 3-5 from the field. Freshman Jairus Lyles added six assists for the gold team and added an impressive eight points and three steals in his 21 minutes off the bench.
Full box score here via @AroundtheHorns: http://aroundthehorns.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/bg-box.jpg
The Rams will be back in action on November 2nd at the Siegel Center, this time an exhibition tune-up against California Universith (PA). Game time yet to be announced.