Rams outlast Spiders in rivalry win

In a back-and-forth battle, VCU outlasted and eventually pulled away from their crosstown rival Richmond Spiders, 63-52, in Saturday's big rivalry win.

It was a game VCU led most of the contest, but one that saw Chris Mooney's squad too close for comfort most of the afternoon. In a classic defensive rock fight battle, the black and gold took a 20-18 lead into the half. Richmond came out early in the second and took a brief lead, but the Rams battled back, going on an 11-5 run to grab a slight bit of a cushion that they would use to keep the Spiders at a defense for the rest of the contest.

Max Shulga was a huge part of that run, scoring nine points himself in just under two minutes of action. The senior guard drained two big threes on an evening VCU could not hit from distance early, then converted three more at the free throw stripe after being fouled beyond the arc.

The Spiders would attempt to up the tension, only to see the black and gold ice the game from the free throw stripe.

Shulga scored a team-high 15 points, tying grad transfer, Kuany Kuany, at that mark. Shulga dished five assists for the Rams, only to be outdone by Zeb Jackson's game-high six. Kuany added six rebounds to his 15-point night and was one of the most efficient shooters on the floor today for either team, hitting five of his seven attempts on the evening.

VCU held Spiders leading scorer, Jordan King, to 12 points in the win. King entered the game averaging over 19 per contest.

The win moves VCU to 6-3 in conference play and 14-8. They currently sit within the A-10 top-4, somewhere they'll hope to stay to secure the much-desired double-double for this year's A-10 tournament.

VCU hits the road for their next contest, traveling to the Bronx to take on the Fordham Rams. They return home February 9 for a huge matchup against Dayton.
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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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