Recap: Evans; second-half defense secures win against GW, 85-57
VCU (21-6; 12-2 A10) only took a 3 point lead into the locker room against the visiting Colonials of George Washington.
The Rams shot a very respectable 52% from the floor overall in the first half, while connecting on 6 of their 9 three point shots for 67%.
The Colonials were looking for a revenge game after losing to VCU earlier in the season at home, 60-50.
Normally a 32% three point shooting team, GW came out scorching hot in the first 20 minutes of play connecting on 6 of their 8 shots from range for 75%—while shooting 55% overall from the floor.
A jumper from De’Riante Jenkins tied the game at 21 with just under nine minutes to play in the first half.
On the next VCU possession Jenkins knocked down his second three pointer of the night to take the 24-21 lead.
It would be the final lead change of the night.
Jenkins finished the afternoon with 11 points to go along with his 4 rebounds and team-high 4 assists.
But it was Marcus Evans that scored the final 13 points of the half, and the first two points of the second, for the Rams. He would end the night with a game-high 25 points, 2 assist, 1 steal performance—all while going nearly 25 minutes of play without a single turnover.
Evans two free throws to start the second half for VCU would be the beginnings of an 18-0 run by the Rams.
The Colonials wouldn’t score their first field goal of the second half until the 9:49 mark—going just over ten full minutes of play—when Justin Mazulla (9pts/3reb/4ast) hit a layup.
DJ Williams would lead all GW scorers with 22 points and 7 rebounds.
Marcus Santos-Silva was the only other Ram in double digit scoring with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
The VCU bench outscored the GW bench by a 17-6 advantage.
The 85-57 win today marks the eighth straight win for VCU.
VCU remains in sole possession of first place of the A10 race.
The Rams will return to action Tuesday, February 26th, as they host the Billikens of Saint Louis.
That game is set to tip-off at 7:30pm EST.