VCU (11-7; 3-2) proved too much for the Billikens as the Rams won their first home game of the conference season, 85-61.

There were four lead changes and three ties in the first 10 minutes of action tonight as the Rams try to manuever around the pesky Billikens early.

Michael Belle tied and then claimed the lead for the Rams after making a pair of free throws.

Over the next six minutes VCU managed to maintain a three point lead over SLU.

And then Joe Bamisile introduced himself to the visiting Billikens.

The VCU guard from right here in the Metro Richmond region knocked down 8 straight points as the Rams closed the first half on an 11-4 run.

Jason Nelson almost mirrored Bamisile in the opening minutes of the game as he accounted for the Rams first 6 points of the contest.

The Rams finished the game shooting 50% from the field overall—including 11 three-pointers at a 48% clip.

Sean Bairstow led the Rams with 6 of the teams 15 total assists.

The Rams used a 12-1 run in the second half to jump comfortably ahead of the Billikens.

At one point the Rams held a comfortable 28 point advantage on the scoreboard.

That was aided by 18 second half points from Bamisile—all coming from beyond the arc where he shot an electric 6-8 over the final 20 minutes.

Bamisile ended the night with a a new career, and game, high 29 points.

Nelson (13pts), Bairstow (10pts), and Bamisile were joined by Max Shulga (15pts) as the four Rams who found double-digit scoring.

With this win the Rams improve to 9-0 all-time against the Billikens in the Siegel Center.

VCU will return to action on Tuesday, January 23rd as they host Loyola-Chicago. That game is set to tip at 7pm and will be broadcast on CBSSN.
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Marcus is a VCU School of World Studies graduate. Upon completing his degree in 2007, Marcus joined Michael, Matt, and Mat in creating VCURamNation.com.


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