The Rams completed the Virginia Grand Slam by defeating Richmond this morning, 81-70 in front of the 46th consecutive sellout crowd on Broad Street. It was their fifth win of the season over an in-state team, having previously defeated UVA, Virginia Tech, ODU and George Mason.
The black and gold used a strong defensive effort early to build a 12-point first half cushion, then answered every Richmond attempt to get within reach in a foul-filled second half that saw 31 total second half fouls called. VCU responded to the whistles with a balanced attack that saw six players post six or more second half points, all six of which posted double-digit scoring in the game.
Briante Weber and Melvin Johnson both led that group with 14 points in the win. Weber added five steals in the effort, enough to give him the all-time record at VCU, currently at 260.
Treveon Graham chipped in 13 of his own in a game he was questionable to play in. Graham strained his toe Wednesday in a home win over Fordham but played 26 minutes on the night. He grabbed eight rebounds for the Rams.
Juvonte Reddic led all players on the glass, grabbing 10 boards to go along with 11 points and four blocks. The effort was good enough for his third-straight double-double, his eighth of the season.
Freshman, JeQuan Lewis, posted 11 points of his own off the bench with Rob Brandenberg rounding out the group of double-digit scorers with 10 points for the Rams.
The black and gold out-rebounded the Spiders 36-34 in the win and hit 46.7% of their field goals in a relatively havoc-less afternoon that saw just nine Richmond turnovers.
With the win VCU moves to 18-4 on the season and 6-1 in the Atlantic 10, good for sole possession of second place due to a George Washington loss at Dayton that moved the Colonials to 5-2 in conference play. The Rams trail just SLU currently who survived George Mason in an overtime home win.
VCU will host the Rams of Rhode Island Thursday, February 6 at 7PM.