VCU opens NIT Tournament with win over Princeton, 90-79

VCU put up their highest offensive output of the year with a 90-79 win over the Princeton Tigers in the opening round of the NIT Tournament.

Princeton used a 9-0 run in the early minutes of the game to jump out to a 9-3 lead. This would be the Tigers largest lead of the night.

KeShawn Curry scored the Rams first 8 points on the night to keep VCU in striking distance.

The game saw 6 lead changes and 2 ties in the opening 12 minutes of action before a Vince Williams layup pushed the Rams ahead 22-20.

VCU retained the lead for the remainder of the game.

Princeton was able to pull within 2 points on several occasions with their 9-25 three point shooting, but each time the Rams answered.

VCU protected the basketball perhaps better than they have all season with only 7 turnovers on the night leading to only 4 points for Princeton.

The Tigers turned the ball over 10 times leading to 10 points for the Rams.

VCU shot 50% on the night from deep—going 6 of 12—but turned to the inside game for the bulk of their points.

The Rams scored 56 of their 90 points in paint.

Ace Baldwin Jr joined Curry with a game-high 23 points on the night.

Baldwin added 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Curry added 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

In total, four Rams scored in double digits—Vince Williams added 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assist.

Freshman, Jayden Nunn, put up 13 points on 5-8 shooting from the floor.

The Rams will return to action on Thursday, March 17th, as they take on the winner of tomorrows game between Wake Forest and Towson.

Game time and location are still TBD.

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