Rhode Island may have scored the first basket of the game, but VCU’s (15-7; 8-3 A10) first field goal of the game reclaimed a lead they wouldn’t let go of as they cruised to victory, 73-64.
Perhaps no one was more important for VCU tonight that the offensive showing that senior KeShawn Curry put on display.
Curry opened the game making all three of his first half attempts from beyond the arc.
He finished the night shooting 9-11 overall (82%) from the floor and 7-10 from the free throw stripe.
The 28 points from Curry doubled his previously held career-high.
In a game that saw both teams turn the ball over 21 times, VCU was able to put up 24 points from those mistakes, while URI managed to net 18 point off turnovers.
VCU was able to get 26 minutes out of senior, Vince Williams, after he miss the last two games for the Rams.
Williams put up a team-high 7 assists to go with his 6 points and 3 rebounds.
VCU held the advantage for the evening with a 39-36 rebounding margin, and turned 11 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points.
Hason Ward notched his fifth double-double of the season as he put up 13 points and 10 rebounds. It was his also the third double-double numbers in the last four games.
Overall VCU shot 49% from the floor on the game—largely in part to the 40 points that came with the paint.
Jalen DeLoach added 8 points from a VCU bench that scored 19 points on the evening.
The freshman big man also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for the Rams.
VCU will return to action on Saturday, February 15th, as they head just north to take on the Patriots of George Mason.
That game is set to tip at 4pm EST and will be broadcast on MASN2/ESPN+.