In their first, and only, exhibition game of the 2019-2020 season, VCU was just too much for visiting VSU as the Rams seized a commanding victory, 90-53.
Despite having a bunch of new faces for VCU, the Rams relied on their bench to contribute 51 points, more than half their overall score.
Freshman, Bones Hyland, impressed in his relief minutes for Senior point guard, Marcus Evans. Hyland managed a +25 production stat on the box score. The freshman guard led all newcomers with 9 points, and co-led the team with 3 assists—Vince Williams and Malik Crowfield also had 3 assist.
The Rams held the Trojans to only 5 field goals in the first half—accounting for just slightly over half their total points at intermission. The remaining nine VSU points came from the free throw line where they shot 7-8 in the first 20 minutes.
One thing that can be counted on, year in and year out, is VCU’s defense—tonight was no exception. The Rams turned over the Trojans 24 times in 40 minutes of action, ultimately resulting in 27 points for VCU.
Williams led the Rams with 4 steals. The team accounted for 10 total.
Evans led all-scorers with 15 points, while sophomore, KeShawn Curry, came in right behind with 14 points.
Curry was a perfect 3-3 from behind the three point line while going 5-7 overall from the floor in 15 minutes of play. For contrast, Curry averaged 5 minutes of play in the 208-19 season and contributed an average of 2 points per game.
The Rams bombed in 13-33 shots from long range. While only knocking down 5-16 for 31% in the first half; the second half jumped up to 47% on 8-17 shooting.
Ever single Ram on the roster scored at least one point in tonights game—including newcomers Tre Clark (1pt), Hason Ward (2pts), Arnold Henderson VI (3pts), Jarren McAllister (4pts), and Hyland.
The Rams will host St. Francis (PA) on Tuesday, November 5th, as the official opening game of the 2019-2020 season. Tip-off is set for 7pm EST.