Saturday night at the Siegel Center featured a throwback to the CAA days with VCU Men’s Basketball taking on the Hofstra Pride. The Rams returned home to RVA in hopes of getting back on a winning track after suffering their first defeat of the season. Hofstra brought the war to VCU at home and that war needed extra minutes to name a winner in this throwback brawl.
Welcome Back #5
Sean Mobley made his return to the VCU starting five known with the opening 3 Ball for the Rams. Hofstra struggled out the gates going 0-for-5 from the field to start the game. Stafford Trueheart slammed home Hofstra’s first bucket followed by another one from mid-range. Mobley kept the Rams ahead on the next possession with an offensive rebound turned into a 2ndchance bucket by the VCU Sophomore.
A Brisk Offensive Breeze
Just before the under-16 timeout, Marcus Evans kicked out a pass to De’Riante Jenkins who finished the job with a three putting VCU up 8-4. Eli Pemberton started clicking on offense for the Pride to keep Hofstra close with an And-1. Corey Douglas made his presence felt after checking in for VCU via a tap-in bucket of the offensive glass.
Both offenses hit a scoring snag during the next 3 minutes of play without a field goal. Issac Vann broke the cold streak with a lay-in putting VCU ahead by 2. HAVOC was seen on the next Hofstra possession with a VCU steal that lead to Vince Williams dishing it to Vann for 2.
Gilmore & Jenkins IGNITE!
VCU would muster up a 13-2 scoring run before the under-4 timeout. Marcus Evans kept the offense going with a drive to the basket. Michael Gilmore coming off the VCU bench would hit from mid-range then finish an alley from Mobley with an oop of a jam.
Evans and Gilmore worked together on the next basket after the VCU steal for 10 unanswered VCU points. De’Riante Jenkins made it 13 with a corner three-ball for the Black & Gold and a 27-15 lead for the home team. Jenkins kept the hot hand after the timeout and made another pair of three putting him at four three-pointers in the 1sthalf.
Call Your Shot!
With seconds before the half, Jenkins sweetened the deal for VCU with a bank shot from downtown at the buzzer. A 15-point performance by Jenkins led VCU into halftime with a 36-23 lead over Hofstra.
Justin Wright-Foreman put the Pride on his back to start the 2nd Half. Wright-Foreman created a 6-0 scoring run by himself to put Hofstra within 5 points. Issac Vann stole momentum and the ball from Wright-Foreman to sprint to the basket for a VCU layup stopping Hofstra’s run at 39-31.
Corey Douglas kept HAVOC alive on defense with another steal. Douglas pushed the ball towards Simms for the layup finish. Jalen Ray answered back with an And-1 for Hofstra off the foul by Marcus Evans. Wright-Foreman connected from three on Hofstra’s next possession before the media timeout.
With a 43-39 lead, VCU was a bit careless with possession as turnovers started to pile up. Hofstra caught a break on their end with Jenkins fouling Eli Pemberton on a three-point attempt. Pemberton made all three free throws cutting the deficit to 43-42 with 10:18 left in the game.
That was not the last VCU saw of Eli Pemberton as he knocked down a three-point to give Hofstra the lead at 47-46. Ray made it a 3 point advantage with a contested layup turned into a bank for two. Coach Rhoades burned a VCU 30 second timeout to make some adjustments.
Scoring Swings & Extra Time
None of those adjustments stopped Wright-Foreman as he made his way to the basket for another And-1 bucket. Vann gave Siegel Center something to cheer about with the ball playing hot potato into his hands for an And-1. The Animal got even louder with Jenkins sprinting into the lane and laying one in for the Rams.
A 9-0 scoring surge by VCU was capped off by a Marcus Santos-Silva bucket followed by a steal & sprint by Evans putting the Rams back out in front. The lead was short lived with Wright-Foreman knocking down a deep three-ball to tie the game at 57-57.
With less than a minute to play, there was a battle between Wright-Foreman and Vann for the lead. Wright-Foreman drew first blood gunning past Vann for the Hofstra layup. Vann answered back with a Euro-step layup to tie it at 61-16 with 26 seconds left. The Pride held the ball for one last shot by Wright-Foreman for the win only to rim out. Overtime was needed to decide a winner at the Siegel Center.
Jenkins started the overtime period with a second chance floater into the net for VCU. Ray gave VCU some daylight going 1-of-2 at the line for Hofstra after the shooting foul. Wright-Foreman connected from mid-range to give Hofstra a 64-63 edge with 2:43 left in overtime.
Wright-Foreman was joined by a new challenge for the lead in VCU’s Mike’l Simms. After Wright-Foreman knocked the go-ahead bucket, Simms connected for two putting VCU within a point. Trueheart was fouled by Santos-Silva and once again resulted in a 1-for-2 trip to the free throw line for the Pride. Vann tied the contest at 67-67 with a VCU layup with just over a minute remaining.
One Final Bucket
Marcus Evans was clutch on VCU’s final possession. Evans held the ball on the dribble then attacked the glass on a floater off the glass and in. Hofstra burned a timeout with 24 seconds left trailing 69-67. Wright-Foreman dribbled down the clock to single digits and made a costly turnover that was stolen by Van with 9 seconds on the clock.
Jenkins came up with the ball and was sent to the free throw line. He missed the free throw as the Pride rebounded in search of one last chance. Wright-Foreman put up a prayer from three that went unanswered as the buzzer sounded.
Flashbacks & Stats
A throwback to the golden days of CAA action was rejuvenated for one night only at the Siegel Center in winning fashion. VCU improved to 5-1 overall with the 69-67 win over the Hofstra Pride. The Rams are now 10-0 all-time against Hofstra inside the Siegel Center.
Leading in scoring against the Pride was De’Riante Jenkins with 19 points and 5 three-pointers along with 5 rebounds. Issac Vann scored 16 points and Marcus Evans was the third Ram in double-digits with 13. Justin Wright-Foreman led Hofstra with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Jacquil Taylor collected a game-high 17 rebounds for the Pride.
Coming Up Next!
VCU Men’s Basketball hits the road once again for their next game at Old Dominion. The 94th chapter of this in-state rivalry takes place on Wednesday, November 28th at 7 PM on MASN.