The Explorers opened the day on a 5-0 run out of the gate, but VCU (15-5; 5-2 A10) responded in force with a 21-0 run of their own. La Salle was scoreless for nearly 10 minutes of first half action.
The Rams found their stroke from distance in the first half shooting 7-16 for 44%; they ended the day 10-21 from range for 48% .
VCU also took advantage of 11 first half turnovers by La Salle to jump out to a 33-24 half time lead.
By the sound of the final buzzer, the Rams were able to tally 17 points off of 16 Explorer turnovers.
Marcus Santos-Silva came up just one rebound shy of delivering on his 8th double-double of the season. The Junior finished the afternoon with game-high in both scoring and rebound as he logged 16 and 9, respectively.
VCU also used a 14-19 free throw shooting performance to cushion the buffer of any attempt from the Explorers to mount a comeback. La Salle struggle from the charity stripe today as they only connected on three of their ten attempts.
Twice in the second half La Salle managed to pull their team within three points of VCU, the final with only 3:21 on the game clock.
But, a triple from Bones Hyland at the three-minute mark would push the Rams out of reach for the remainder of the day.
Hyland ended the afternoon with 15 points, 3 rebounds, and a team-high 5 assists. The freshman guard connected on 5-8 from the floor overall, included 3-4 from range.
Issac Vann and Mike’L Simms were the only other Rams in double-digit scoring on the afternoon with 10 and 13 points, respectively.
In total, the Rams bench outscored the Explorers bench, 26-20.
The Rams return to action on Tuesday, January 28th, as they return home to face the Spider of Richmond. That game is set to tip-off at 7pm EST and will be broadcast on CBSSN.