Rams drop double-overtime heartbreak at Richmond, 67-63

The Basics

  • Score: Richmond 67, #22 VCU 63 (2 OT)
  • Records: VCU (21-7, 11-4), Richmond (16-12, 9-6)
  • Location: Robins Center – Richmond, Va.
  • The Short Story: Senior Treveon Graham posted his second consecutive double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds, including a deep 3-pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime, but it wasn't enough as the 22nd-ranked Rams dropped a heartbreak in double overtime to crosstown rival, the University of Richmond. Sophomore JeQuan Lewis scored in double figures for the sixth time in the past seven games with 15 points and a career-high eight rebounds.
How It Happened
  • Behind a hot start from outside the arc, Richmond took an early 13-5 lead after Kendall Anthony drained a trey with 14:57 to play in the first half.
  • UR's lead would extend to 15, but aggressive play by Lewis and a defense that held the Spiders without a point for the final 4:03 of the half, helped the Rams trim that lead to 29-20 into the break.
  • A bucket by Lewis to start the second half got the deficit down to seven, but UR responded with an 11-2 run that pushed the lead to 40-24, the largest of the night.
  • Graham would attack the rim and slowly help the Rams chip away, getting the deficit down to six, 44-38, with 8:14 to play in regulation after he got into the paint for a pull-up jumper.
  • After the teams traded baskets, the lead was six heading into the final 45 seconds, but a corner 3-pointer by Melvin Johnson made it a three-point game, 52-49, with 33 seconds left on the clock. VCU would force a turnover and get another shot after Anthony missed two free-throws with 14 seconds to play. That's when Graham stepped up from way downtown to drain the game-tying shot and head the game into overtime.
  • ShawnDre' Jones hit one of his six 3-pointers on the night to start the first overtime period, but VCU scored the next six points, including a huge putback dunk from sophomore Mo Alie-Cox. After Johnson made two free-throws to make it a three-point game, the Rams fouled to avoid a possible game-tying three and after Jones hit the first FT, he missed the second, but the rebound fell Richmond's way, which gave time to set up a game-tying layup by T.J. Cline to send the game into double overtime.
  • Alie-Cox made a free-throw to start the period to give VCU a one-point lead, but Richmond scored the next five points to gain control, but yet again the Rams responded and had a chance to tie it by Graham drove the lane, but couldn't get a shot to go down as the Spiders hung on for the 67-63 win.
Up Next
  • VCU returns to the Siegel Center on Saturday afternoon when they host Dayton. Game time on ESPN2 is set for 2 p.m.