With just 24 seconds to play, the Dayton Flyers took a two point home lead on back-to-back to the free throw line.
When Ace Baldwin got the ball across the half court line and called the timeout, the Rams only had 14 seconds to execute the plan.
Baldwin was on the receiving end of the inbound pass, and needed only 8 seconds to shed from the clock before he buried the three-pointer from the top of the key to take a 53-52 lead—and seal the victory for the Rams (8-4; 1-0 A10).
It was the second three of the game for Baldwin—he hit back-to-back threes late in the game—and his fourth triple of the season.
He finished the night with 12 points and a team leading 7 assists.
This was the first game in 21 days for VCU as the Rams were on COVID protocols, and needed to reschedule several contests.
With only 9 players available, the Rams were tested for 40 minutes by the Flyers as the game saw 13 lead changes and 10 ties.
VCU out rebounded Dayton, 34-31, despite the fact that the Flyers took 20 less shots from the floor.
Vince Williams grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds and 13 points, including three first-half triples.
Williams also netted the only two free throws (and attempts) by the Rams for the entire contest.
The Flyers, in contrast, took 27 free throws on the evening.
VCU did a good job protecting the ball with only 12 turnovers on the evening.
They turned the Flyers over 15 times leading to 11 points.
This win marks the 5th straight for the Rams this season, and the fourth consecutive win against the Flyers.
The Rams return to action on Saturday, January 8th as they head to Philly to take on the Explorers of La Salle. That game is set to tip at 2pm EST.