Bamisile, Lawal lead Rams to victory over Hawks, 73-69

VCU (18-9; 10-4) outscored St. Joseph's 52-42 in the second half to secure a much need win as the Rams look to lock up a double-bye in the forthcoming A10 Tournament.

The first half was a mostly cold 20-minutes for the Rams as they looked like hadn't yet shaken off the rust from the loss just one game prior at UMASS.

VCU took to the locker room with an ice-cold 20% shooting from the floor, including just 10% from range.

Tobi Lawal was leading the charge for the Rams at the break with 7 points, including 3 free throws.

The Rams eight free throws helped keep the score close initially when nothing else seemed to be clicking.

Lawal would end the night with a double-double behind 16 points on 75% shooting from the floor and 10 rebounds.

VCU came out of the locker room inspired and rattled off 10 straight points as part of a 16-2 that spanned the intermission.

The Rams never surrendered that lead for the remainder of the contest.

A triple from Joe Bamisile gave the Rams their largest lead of 10 points with just over 3 minutes to play.

Bamisile scored all 16 of his points in the second half for the Rams as he shot 86% from the floor in the second half—including connecting on all 4 of his attempts from distance.

Lawal and Bamisile contributed 32 of the benches 39 points on the evening.

Sean Bairstow led the way for the Rams with 6 assists.

In total, the Rams assisted on 19 of their 24 made baskets for the night (79%).

VCU shot a red hot 72% from the floor—58% from long range—in the final 20 minutes of action.

The Rams have now won five of their last six outings; and 10 of their last 12 games overall.

VCU will return to action on Wednesday, February 28th, as they host the Rams of Rhode Island. That game is set to tip at 6:30pm and will be broadcast on CBSSN.
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