Rams bounce back, down Ducks

BrisMomVCU wasted no time in putting Monday night’s loss against No.12 Villanova behind them, jumping out to a 12-0 start against the Oregon Ducks tonight then answering every challenge in the 77-63 win.

The black and gold held Oregon scoreless for the first four minutes and to single digits over the first quarter of the game, but saw Oregon cut the VCU lead to two before responding with an 8-2 run to take a 35-27 lead into the half.

The Ducks got within one in the second half of a game they never led but ultimately had every challenged answered but a VCU team that hit 50% of their attempts on the night.

Melvin Johnson once again led VCU with a game-high 19 points in the win. The Bronx native was 7-13 from the field and shot 50% from deep against the Pac-12 opponent. Johnson added four rebounds and three assists in the win.

Briante Weber posted a season-high 10 assists, completing his first double-double of this season by adding 11 points for the Rams. Weber’s 10 assists were six more than VCU’s team had just a night prior. The Rams finished with 15 on the evening.

Jordan Burgess led the the Rams with a team-high seven rebounds to go with 12 points. He was helped out in the paint by Mo Alie-Cox who posted five boards of his own and added his second consecutive 10-point game as well as a season-high three blocks.

Treveon Graham added 13 points for the Rams but was limited with foul trouble most of the night.

VCU turned Oregon over 20 times on the night, more than double what they produced a game prior. Unfortunately VCU turned the ball over 20 times themselves to allow Oregon to stay within range throughout the night.

The win moves VCU to 4-1 on this young season. The Rams will take the next three days off prior to heading to Norfolk for a rivalry battle with Old Dominion on November 29th. VCU follows that up with a road trip to Illinois State before returning home for a highly-anticipated battle with No.8 UVA.


A two-time graduate of VCU (School of the Arts '07, Center for Sport Leadership '10), Mat is a co-founder of VCU Ram Nation and a longtime fan as the ...