After another close call on the “road” against Richmond on Saturday, VCU headed to Fairfax on Tuesday night looking for a win against George Mason and sole possession of first place in the conference. Fortunately, Coach Rhoades and company left north Virginia with both in the 71-36 win over the Patriots.
It was a first half that pained any fan of basketball to watch. VCU connected on just 10 of 31 shots while George Mason just hit 7 of their 22 shots.
Fortunately for everyone, except maybe the Patriots, there was a second half.
The black and gold managed to light it up after the break. VCU scored 43 of their 71 points in the second half and connected on 20 of their 37 shots.
For the Patriots, it may as well have been the first half still. They managed to hit just 5 of their 27 shots in the second half.
Junior Marcus Evans led all Rams in scoring with 13 points, shooting 5-11 from the field and 3-7 from behind the arc.
Junior De’Riante Jenkins also scored in double digits with 11 points while grabbing 4 rebounds in the win. Sophomore Marcus Santos-Silva, once again, proved dominate on the boards grabbing 9 rebounds to match his 9 points in the win.
The win moves VCU to 24-6 (15-2) on the season. VCU will maintain sole possession of first place with just 2 games left in regular season play.
The Rams will host Saint Joseph’s on Friday, March 8th at 9pm. The game will be televised on ESPN2.