The last time the Rams played at the Richmond Coliseum they won the 2012 CAA Championship. They would hope to get another win in front of ten thousand basketball fans as they played Virginia Tech as part of the Governor’s Hoops Classic. With the help from stellar shooting from Sophomore Melvin Johnson, VCU would hand the Hokies an ugly 82-52 loss.
Johnson led all scorers with 27 points after shooting 8-13 on the night with all 8 field goals from behind the 3 point line. Senior Juvonte Reddic bounced back after a pour showing against Wofford and scored 10 points for the Rams and was dominant under the boards grabbing 11 rebounds.
Virginia Tech would jump out to an early 6-3 lead and then it was all VCU. The Rams went on a 31-0 run from that point and never looked back.
VCU’s suffocating defense never allowed for Virginia Tech to look comfortable with the ball on the offensive end. The Hokies would turn the ball over 27 times which VCU converted into 42 points. VCU would turn the ball over just 7 times.
Coach Smart’s benched proved to be too deep for Virginia Tech, outscoring the Hokies 48-14.
The last time these two teams played was in the 1994-1995 season and this marked the 21st meeting overall with the Rams winning the last 6 out of the last 9 games.
The win moves VCU to 10-3 on the season and VCU will play another ACC team in Boston College on Saturday December 28th at 7:30pm at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.