Rams can’t find rhythm; fall in overtime to Patriots, 79-76

VCU’s (16-5, 9-3 A10) overtime loss today snaps a 6 game win streak for the Rams and puts their at-large hopes at risk.

George Mason scored 53 points after the half—and including overtime—to shock the Rams at home, 79-76.

VCU used a 10-2 run in the closing moments of the first half to take a 36-26 lead into the locker room.

The Rams also lost standout guard, Bones Hyland, in the second half as he appear to hurt his ankle and had to be carried off the court.

Coach Mike Rhoades confirmed that this was a new injury and not related to the recent lingering ailments. Current diagnoses is a “foot sprain” and Hyland will be further evaluated tomorrow.

Despite leaving the game, Hyland led all VCU scorers with 17 points.

Vince Williams added 16 points for the Rams to go with his 7 rebounds and 5 assist, that latter two were both team-highs.

Overall the Rams were manhandled in the rebound battle, 42-26.

VCU only grabbed 3 offensive rebounds the entire game, with two of those coming in the overtime period.

GMU grabbed 15 offensive boards that led to 13 second-chance points.

The Patriots also tallied 21 points off 19 Ram turnovers. GMU turned the ball over themselves leading to 20 points.

The Rams allowed the Patriots to score 42 points in the paint.

VCU also racked up 5 blocks and 13 steals.

Ace Baldwin led the Rams with 6 steals. He would finish the afternoon with 13 points.

Jamir Watkins was the only other Ram in double digits with 14 points. The freshman also had 2 steals.

VCU will return to action on Tuesday, February 23rd, as they host the Saint Louis Billikens. That game is set to tip at 6pm and will be broadcast on CBSSN.



Marcus is a VCU School of World Studies graduate. Upon completing his degree in 2007, Marcus joined Michael, Matt, and Mat in creating