VCU win streak comes to an end at Rhode Island

Johnny Williams led VCU with a team-high 14 points in the Rams’ road loss at Rhode Island.

After nine consecutive wins, VCU’s impressive streak came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 69-59 loss at Rhode Island.

The Rams ran into one of the A-10’s toughest defenses and couldn’t get anything to fall all afternoon, shooting 34.5% from the field and an ice-cold 1-15 from three-point range. VCU held Rhode Island to just 35.4% shooting themselves, but thanks to 31 made free throws via 30 VCU fouls, weren’t able to outshoot URI at the charity stripe.

It was the Rams first loss since a road loss to another Rams team, Fordham, back on January 18.

Starting the day just a half of a game behind Dayton, VCU had an opportunity to keep pace with the Flyers atop the A-10 standings but will now head into a tough road contest at Dayton on Wednesday a full game back with a must-win road game in order to have any shot at winning an A-10 regular season title.

Jonathan Williams led the Rams off the bench with 14 points, his third consecutive double-digit effort. Ahmed Hamdy came off the bench with Williams to add 10 more points for the black and gold.

Only one VCU starter hit double-digits, JeQuan Lewis scoring 10 points on 5-12 shooting but missed all of his six three-point attempts in the loss.

Doug Brooks added six points but was just 1-5 from the field but led the Rams with eight rebounds on a night VCU was dominated on the glass, 47-32.

With the loss VCU falls to 23-6 on the season and 13-3 in A-10 play, now two games ahead of third place Rhode Island and Richmond.

A win on Wednesday would tie the Rams with Dayton but thanks to one win over the Flyers already would secure a head-to-head tie-breaker over UD if the two were to end up tied in the A-10 standings.


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 ...
  • J.D.
  • February 27, 2017
It was ALWAYS going to come down to the Dayton game, regardless of the Rhode Island game. VCU had to beat Dayton either way... beat Rhody and lose to the Flyers, down one game to Dayton... beat Rhody and beat Dayton, even better (still have to beat GMason after that too).

So, this was a rock fight of a game, and the refs took all the flow out of the play, but it is not the end-all. This Wednesday is The Game.

Love the site, keep up the good work!

Go Rams!