In the final non-conference game of the regular season, VCU (9-4 overall) used 14-29 shooting from long distance to bulldoze past Rider, 90-79.
As part of a 49 point first-half performance, the Rams went into the locker room after 20 minutes shooting 62.5% (20-32 FG) overall, and 50% (6-12) from three-point land.
VCU ended the contest with an electric long-distance shooting performance going 14-29 from distance for 48%.
Six different Rams made a three pointer today, while four different Rams made two or more.
De’Riante Jenkins accounted for two three-pointers, Marcus Evans and Mike’l Simms both had three three-pointers, and Malik Crowfield led the way shooting 4-6 from range.
Both squads ended the first half with 8 steals in the box score. But, Rider committed 12 turnovers, while VCU only coughed the ball up 10 times. The second half was much more controlled for both teams as VCU and Rider ended with 13 and 14 turnovers, respectively.
For the first time this season, VCU ended the game with five players in double-digit scoring. Mike’l Simms led all-scorers with 15 points, while Evans (14), Jenkins (13), Crowfield (12), and Isaac Vann (11) combined for 65 of VCU’s 90 points.
The Rams also saw four players with 3 or more assists on the afternoon. Vince Williams and Jenkins led the way with 6 assists each. While Evans dished out 5 assists and Mobley accounted for 3 dimes of his own.
In total, the Rams finished with 24 assists on the day.
The Rams finished the non-conference season with a 9-4 record and will return to action Jan. 5th, 2019 as they travel to the Bronx to take on the Rams of Fordham in their first A10 matchup.
This game is set to tip-off at 2pm.