Once again, #21 VCU (5-0), took advantage of their opponents inability to take care of the ball as the Rams cruised to victory over the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast, 78-48.
Overall FGCU turned the ball over 27 times; leading to 37 points for the Rams.
VCU came into the game forcing their opponents into an average of 21 turnovers per game.
Marcus Evans had all 16 of his game-high points come in the first half as the Rams took a 43-16 lead into the locker room.
The Rams started out cold going 0 for their first 8 shots, and didn’t hit their first field goal until nearly 5 minutes into the game when Issac Vann (4pts/3ast) scored a layup on a fastbreak.
VCU would go on to open the game on 16-2 run over the first 8 minutes of play.
The Eagles constantly ran into pressure on the offensive end on virtually every possession and were only able to convert 6 field goals in the first half.
VCU however closed the first half on a 17-0 run.
FGCU used a 13-1 run in the second half to get within 21 points of the Rams, but a three-pointer by Senior Guard, Malik Crowfield (3pts/3reb) hit pause on any momentum the Eagles were building as the Rams cruised to a 30 point home victory.
Junior Big Man, Marcus Santos-Silva, just barely missed the opportunity for his third double-double in just five games. He ended the night with 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 steals.
De’Riante Jenkins was the only Ram to join Evans in the double digit scoring column tonight as he piled on 11 points on 50% shooting from range. The Senior Guard also had a game-high 5 steals.
The Rams spread the the point distribution tonight as 10 different players got their name on the score board—including 31 points from the bench.
The Rams return to action on Monday, November 25th, as they take on Alabama State. That game is set to tip at 7pm EST and will be broadcast on MASN.