Rams home win streak snapped at hands of UVA

[caption id="attachment_13462" align="alignright" width="300"]<a href="http://www.vcuramnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_0252.jpg"><img class="wp-image-13462 size-medium" src="http://www.vcuramnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_0252-300x200.jpg" alt="VCU forced 16 UVA turnovers but struggled in every other aspect of the game in tonight's 17-point loss." width="300" height="200" /></a> VCU forced 16 UVA turnovers but struggled in every other aspect of the game in tonight's 17-point loss.[/caption]

UVA used two large runs to hand VCU their first home loss since February of 2013 and their largest home loss since losing to George Mason, 71-51 in March of 2011.

VCU traded buckets with the Hoos early but allowed UVA a 13-5 run to end first half with a 38-28 lead.

Then after pulling the game within four points behind three consecutive Treveon Graham three-pointers, the Wahoos went on a 15-0 run over a 5:51 stretch toward the end of the half to get the 74-57 road win.

The Rams struggled to defend all evening, allowing UVA to shoot a season-high 68.3% from the field. VCU held a 16-7 turnover advantage but had that negated in part by a 14-rebound UVA advantage and by a terrible shooting night, connecting on just 38.3% of their attempts in the loss.

Treveon Graham led the Rams with 17 points but connected on just six of his 16 attempts on the evening. Melvin Johnson faired somewhat better from the field, hitting 50% of his 14 attempts but went 1-6 for deep for a total of 15 points.

No Ram finished with more than four rebounds while three UVA players had at least eight.

The loss moves VCU to 5-3 on the season headed into a tough home matchup next Saturday against Northern Iowa (7-0). The Panthers handed VCU a 77-68 loss in Cedar Falls last season.
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