VCU cruises past Cal U in exhibition opener

Jordan Burgess carried the Rams early, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the first half.
Jordan Burgess carried the Rams early, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the first half.

VCU welcomed Cal U (PA) back to the Siegel Center for their third consecutive exhibition opener and once again sent the Vulcans home in a blowout loss, this year defeating Bill Brown’s squad 96-60.

After a somewhat choppy start, VCU took a 13-point lead into the half thanks to 12 first half points from junior Jordan Burgess, then eventually really opened the game up thanks to a hot second half hand from Melvin Johnson to make this one an official blowout.

Johnson scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, connecting on three of his five second half three-pointers to welcome some offensive havoc back to the Siegel Center.

Burgess finished with 16 points of his own as one of five Rams in double-digits on the night.

Oral Roberts transfer Korey Billbury was one of the five, posting the game’s only double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. He was joined by sophomore Justin Tillman who had 10 points of his own and just missed the double-double finishing with nine rebounds on the night.

Sophomore point guard Jonathan Williams chipped in 11 points for VCU on 4-7 shooting.

The Rams nearly hit the century mark despite a rough night from long range, going 6-22 from behind the three-point line tonight. VCU hit 45.5% of their field goals overall while holding Cal U to just 27% from the floor.

Havoc made a bit of an appearance as well as the Rams forced 18 Vulcan turnovers in the win.

VCU will have a week to view the film and prepare for their regular season opener Friday, Nov 13 against Prairie View A&M.


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 ...