Ram Nation uses big second half to punch TBT Sweet 16 ticket in impressive fashion

Darius Theus scored a game-high 27 points in tonight's Ram Nation TBT win.
Darius Theus scored a game-high 27 points in tonight’s Ram Nation TBT win.

Yesterday’s Ram Nation TBT win needed a huge second half rally to advance to the round of 32. Today’s game was never in doubt.

Team Ram Nation jumped out to a five-point halftime lead before exploding in the second half, outscoring the Kings of the South 59-38 in the second half in the Rams’ 102-76 Basketball Tournament win, punching a ticket to Philadelphia and the Sweet 16 in the process.

Darius Theus was one of six Ram Nation players to score in double-digits in the win, dropping a team-high 27 points to go with his four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the win. Theus paced the Rams in a game the VCU alumni group would shoot 52.2% from the field and a hot 37.5% from deep.

Bradford Burgess and Brandon Rozzell had their second big nights of the tournament, adding 15 points and 14 points respectively. B.A. Walker added 14 of his own and a game-high five assists.

Jesse Pellot-Rosa and player/coach Joey Rodriguez posted 12 and 10 points, Rodriguez coming off the bench to drop a quick 10 points on 4-4 shooting in just 11 minutes of action.

The Rams held the Kings to just 38 points in each half a night after the Southern-based team of former DI hoopers dumped 113 on a group of recent Davidson alumni playing as the Cat Pack.

The win advances Ram Nation to a Sweet 16 meeting with the reigning TBT champ, Overseas Elite, a group of overseas professionals who downed VCU great Jamal Shuler’s HBC team, 91-84 earlier in the afternoon.

Ram Nation will take on Overseas Elite on July 21st in Philadelphia, PA at Philadelphia University. Tickets can be purchased through www.thetournament.com.

VCU School of the Arts (BFA '07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. '10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he'd...