VCU (2-0) used a 41-point second half to propel itself past the Bears of Morgan State in a 69-54 contest.
The first half saw the lead change six times as both teams brought a physicality and high-octane pace to the floor.
A pair three-pointers from Zeb Jackson and David Shriver gave the Rams a 6-point advantage midway through the first half—their largest lead in the first 20 minutes.
Jackson and Shriver finished the night with 9-points and 11-points, respectively, scoring 20 of the Rams 24-points of the bench.
The Bears rallied though and took only a one-point deficit into the locker room.
The first four minutes of the second half saw 4 more lead changes—including two separate layups from former Ram, Lewis Djonkam, that would give the Bears a one-point leads on those respective makes.
Jamir Watkins, who scored the opening three-pointer for the Rams, tied the game at the free throw line. Watkins then got the steal on the next inbound play for a layup to kick off a 9-0 run for VCU.
The Rams wouldn’t relinquish that lead for the rest of the game.
VCU shot a red hot 70% from the floor in the second half— and 50% for the game—while keeping the Bears to a 33% over 40-minutes.
Watkins finished the night shooting 4-5 from the field for 10 points and a game-high 9 rebounds.
VCU out-rebounded the Bears by a 39-34 margin.
The Rams struggled to maintain possession of the ball in the face of the Bears pesky defense and ended the night with 24 turnovers—resulting in 23 points for Morgan St.
The Bears didn’t fair much better with 21 turnovers which led to 26 points for the Rams.
Ace Baldwin Jr. matched a career-high 7 steals on the night to go with his 9 points and 5 assist.
Brandon Johns Jr. led all scorers on the night with 15 points to accompany his 4 rebounds.
VCU returns to action on Nov. 16th as they face off against Arizona State as part of the Legends Classic. That game is set to tip-off at 8:30pm and will be broadcast on ESPN+.