VCU improves to 10-3 with win over George Washington 84-77

VCU (10-3, 3-1) picked up a much needed win on Wednesday afternoon on the road against George Washington (3-8, 2-2).

The Rams were looking for redemption after having their 7-game win streak snapped on Saturday at home by Rhode Island.

In what was a sloppy start, both teams combined for 11 turnovers in the first 5 minutes of play (VCU 4, GW 7). The Rams turned the Colonials over 14 times and scored 21 points off turnovers in the first half, making up for almost half of their points in the first 20 minutes of play.

After a few early lead changes, VCU eventually extended its lead by 7 at the 7:32 mark in the 1st half. GW would battle back to within 1, but would head into halftime trailing by 6 (VCU 41, GW 35). Bones Hyland led VCU in scoring in the 1st half with 10 points, and 4 steals.

Vince Williams opened up the 2nd half for VCU with a 3 pointer and a layup, extending a 10-0 run by the Rams and giving VCU an 11 point lead.

VCU stretched its lead over GW to 17 after a block and subsequent dunk by Hason Ward around the 11:00 mark. GW would climb back to within 7 after a 3 pointer by Sloan Seymour at the 2:01 mark, but that’s as close as things would get for the Colonials.

Every VCU player who checked in put points on the board today. Bones Hyland led the Rams in scoring with 17 points. Vince Williams put up 12, Hason Ward had 11, and freshman Jamir Watkins scored 8 of his 10 points in the 2nd half, shooting 5-7 overall.

VCU’s planned game against cross-town rival Richmond Spiders has been post-poned due to COVID protocols within the Spiders program, so we expect that the Rams will next face Dayton at the Siegel Center on Saturday, January 23rd. The game is set to tip at 4:30pm and will be broadcast on CBS SportsNet.

Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for Ram Nation since 2007 with a focus on news, photos, and feature stories.