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Points in Paint VCU v GW

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Points in the Paint Allow VCU to Streak Past GW

Points in the Paint Allow VCU to Streak Past GW

Rams Define Points in the Paint

The Rams are on a roll and the Siegel Center was rocking loud and proud despite an early tip that caused fans to trickle into their seats.  It was the points in the paint that really paid off for the Rams with 48 coming from inside the box.  VCU started showing off their moves early including a Briante Weber tribute in the 7th minute courtesy of JeQuan Lewis.  Lewis stole the ball and took it all the way in for a…DUNK!

Inside Strength

The black and gold were feeling it from the tip-off and the squad was in full hustle mode on both ends of the court.  During the first half, VCU forced 9 turnovers while limiting their own to only 2.  That’s pretty amazing considering they spent a lot of time frustrating the Colonials offense and sliding across the floor after loose balls.  The big men led the way as VCU took it inside often and had their way at the net.  Justin Tillman led the team with 10 points and was accompanied by Mo Alie-Cox and Ahmed Hamdy who each contributed 7.

In Other Stats

The Rams racked up 2 blocks and 4 steals as well as 9 assists on their way to a 41-27 half-time lead.  The only stat that was lacking was rebounding.  GW out-rebounded VCU 26-16 in the first stanza and although their second chance opportunities didn’t necessarily translate into points it could work for other teams in the future.

Downhill for the Colonials

It got worse for GW in the second half as VCU relentlessly extended their lead.  Every time the Colonials attempted to cut the deficit the Rams answered emphatically at the other end. The shot clock three-pointer that released just moments too late from Lewis’ hand wasn’t even missed on the scoreboard,  It was quite the crowd pleaser and sent the refs in for a formal review of the play allowing fans to enjoy replays of VCU domination on the court.  Although VCU was favored GW did snap their streak last year but their current season has room for improvement.

Defensive Success

VCU shut down the main threat from GW.  The Rams successfully limited Tyler Cavanaugh to just 6 points and his team was unable to make up the difference.  Three Colonials made it into double digits.  Yuta Watanabe led his team with 17 points, Jair Bolden added 12, and Collin Smith contributed 10.  Despite their efforts, the visitors fell 85 – 55 at the final buzzer.

That’s a Double-Double

The Rams put on a heck of a show with all but 1 contributing to the final score.  Tillman dominated with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds.  Alie-Cox was a force at the rim adding 14 points and 2 steals and Johnny Williams had 11 points and contributed his usual theatrical performance to several plays.  It was a game full of steals, dunks, and all around good basketball for the home team.


The fans rewarded their team all the way to the buzzer.  At least those that remained because with 3:42 remaining and a 75-49 Ram advantage many fans exited early confident that the streak would remain and VCU would lock in their 8th consecutive win and it did.

The Rams hit the road for their next 2 games starting with Davidson on January 14th with a 2:00 pm tip-off.  VCU returns to the Siegel Center on January 22nd to play La Salle.

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