VCU (1-0) opened the 2022-2023 season with a jolt as the Rams welcomed the Jaspers of Manhattan to life on Broad St.
After netting three of their first four attempts from range, the Rams jumped out to a 21-10 lead.
Included in that stretch was a triple from transfer, Brandon Johns, Jr. to start the scoring for the Rams.
He ended the night with 13 points on 5-7 shooting from the floor, and 5 rebounds.
In a brief stretch of basketball that seemed to go the way for the Jaspers offense, they rattled off their own 9-0 run to cut the lead to just 2 points.
Baskets from Jalen DeLoach and Ace Baldwin, respectively, got the Rams back on track and kicked off an 11-2 run.
From there, the Rams rocketed out to the 48-30 halftime lead.
VCU started the second half shooting 4-7 from the floor, including back-to-back layups from Baldwin.
The next ten minutes went ice cold for the Rams, as Manhattan held VCU to 0-8 shooting from the floor.
Layups from Johns at the 6-minute mark, and DeLoach at the 4:36-minute mark were the only two field goals for VCU in the final 16-minutes of the second half.
Overall, the Rams shot 23-54 from the floor (43%) and 8-24 from range (33%).
DeLoach grabbed a game-high 9 rebounds to go with his 10 points.
The Rams out-rebounded the Jaspers to the tune of a 33-30 margin.
Manhattan turned the ball over 27 times in forty minutes of play tonight—VCU took advantage and turned that into 17 points.
Th Rams turned the ball over 14 times tonight.
Baldwin’s knocked down a team-high 15-points to go with his game-high 9 assists.
Jamir Watkins was the only other Ram in double-digit scoring with 13 points.
VCU returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 12th, as they host Morgan St. That game is set to tip at 7:00pm ET.