It was the first time these two teams had met since 1998 and the stage couldn’t have been better set. Both teams, nationally ranked, VCU 14, UVA 25, would make this primetime match up worthy of ESPN 2. The Rams and the Cavs delivered an exciting game but it was VCU who would get the win in a match up that came down to a deep three by Junior Treveon Graham with just 1.4 seconds left.
Graham would lead all scorers with 22 points in the 59-56 VCU win. None more important than his final three of the Rams 7-0 run to end the game, leaving a sold out John Paul Jones Arena clutching their baseball caps as time expired after a failed buzzer beater from the Cavs.
Fouls and free throws played a large part in the match up. Teams combined for a total of 48 free throw attempts, UVA just happen to account for 33 of those, only connecting on 19. The Rams took a total of 15 free throws and hit just 6 of them.
Senior Juvonte Reddic was the next highest scorer for VCU chipping in 9 points with limited minutes after picking up his 3rd foul within just minutes of the second half.
Defense is always a big part of the Rams plan of attack and tonight was no different. UVA turned the ball over 19 times, while 9 of those were steals by the Rams. The Rams are now 28-1 when forcing 15 or more turnovers.
VCU is now 3-2 against ACC schools under Coach Shaka Smart’s tenure.
VCU will host Winthrop Saturday November 16th, 7pm at the Stu.