VCU used a hot night from beyond the arc to bury George Washington, 92-75 tonight. With the support of a packed house who braved the snowy conditions outside, the Rams jumped out to a 21-point lead then answered every run GW could muster.
Melvin Johnson powered the black and gold early, posting 15 of his 21 points on the night in the first half of play. Johnson connected on five of his eight three-point attempts, his first game with five or more makes from deep since going 8-11 against Virginia Tech this past December.
Treveon Graham did most of the remaining heavy lifting, scoring a game-high 25 points while shooting 60% from the floor and 10-14 from the free throw stripe. Graham added five assists and notched fourth double-double of the season by grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds.
Juvonte Reddic added seven rebounds of his own on a night the Rams out-rebounded GW 36-34, and finished with 10 points and two steals in the win.
What Melvin was in the first half, Rob Brandenberg was to finish the game. The senior guard posted all of his 15 points in the second half — in just 12 minutes — connecting on five of his eight attempts to finish the game.
The Rams once again forced a high number of turnovers against GW, this time grabbing 14 steals as a part of GW’s 22 total turnovers. Point guard Briante weber had seven of those steals, tying his season high from an early January win against Stony Brook. Weber became VCU’s all-time steals leader in a game against Richmond to start the month.
The win moves VCU to 20-5 on the season and 8-2 in Atlantic 10 play. It also gives the Rams a one-game lead for second place and keeps the black and gold within reach of a regular season A-10 title. VCU currently sits two games back of league leader SLU but play the Billikens twice in the next four games starting this Saturday at Saint Louis.