VCU’s struggles continued tonight at Davidson as the Rams got down big early before losing 82-55.
The Rams dug themselves a 19-point hole at the half due to another game of ice-cold shooting against a Davidson team that simply couldn’t miss.
The Cats finished the night 50% from the field while VCU managed just 39.6% shooting including a season low 6.7% from three-point range.
It was the third game the Rams shot under 35% from the field and under 25% from distance.
That cold streak was a major contributor to VCU’s first three-game losing streak under Shaka Smart, the first time the black and gold have lost three consecutive contests since December of 2004.
VCU’s two leading scorers on the season, Treveon Graham and Melvin Johnson, combined for just eight points in the loss on 4-12 shooting.
The Rams were led by Terry Larrier with a team-high 12 points, VCU’s only double-digit scorer on the night. Larrier was 0-5 from three-point range.
VCU struggled in every facet of the game. The Rams were out-rebounded by eight, lost the turnover battle by four and were out-shot all over the floor, including at the free throw stripe where the Rams shot an abysmal 48% from the line.
The loss drops VCU to 21-9 on the season and 11-6 in Atlantic 10 play.
VCU has lost six of their last 10 games and have gone from the league’s top team to fifth due to a head-to-head tie-breaker advantage held by rival Richmond, a position that would force the Rams to play an extra Atlantic 10 tournament game next week in Brooklyn.
The Rams can still crack the top-four with a win over George Mason combined with a Richmond home loss this Saturday to A-10 cellar dweller, Saint Louis (11-19, 3-14).