Score: VCU 85, George Washington 55
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 14-3 (4-0 Atlantic 10), George Washington 9-8 (1-3)
Attendance: 7,637 (92nd consecutive sellout)
The short story: Junior forward Justin Tillman paved the way for the Rams, scoring 20 points with 13 rebounds to power a dominant VCU performance in an 85-55 rout of George Washington in Richmond. VCU extends its season-high win streak to eight games.
- George Washington led the game for a grand total of 21 seconds. The Colonials scored the first bucket of the game on an Arnaldo Toro tip-in, then watched as VCU went to work.
- Tillman knocked down 10-of-15 attempts from the field and recorded his second straight double-double.
- Senior forward Mo Alie-Cox and junior point guard Jonathan Williams added 14 and 11 points, respectively. Williams also handed out five assists and turned the ball over just once.
- VCU dominated the game from the inside out. The Rams tied a season-high with 48 points in the paint and shot .516 (33-of-64) from the field in the game. The Rams assisted on 20 of their 33 field goals.
- Senior guard Jequan Lewis added seven points and seven assists for the Rams.
- Yuta Watanabe led the Colonials with 17 points, seven rebounds and one blocked shot.
- VCU forced 17 George Washington turnovers and turned them into 22 points. The Rams, meanwhile, turned the ball over just eight times in the game, their second-fewest total of the season. VCU committed two first half turnovers.
- The Rams also held Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington's leading scorer and an Atlantic 10 Player of the Year candidate, to just six points and five rebounds. He fouled out in 21 minutes and was often bottled up by the active defensive effort of Tillman.
- George Washington entered the game ranked third in the A-10 in 3-point field goals, but the Colonials were just 2-of-16 from long range Wednesday.
- For a while, it appeared VCU and GW would be locked in a close affair. Wantanabe pulled the Colonials within 23-19 with 7:58 left in the first half with a tip-in. VCU promptly answered with a 15-1 assault that featured 3-pointers by Lewis and freshman guard Samir Doughty. George Washington never threatened again.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- VCU improved to a league-best 54-18 (.750) against Atlantic 10 competition since joining the conference prior to the 2012-13 season.
- With 6:52 remaining in the second half, the Rams held a 33-point lead over GW, their largest over an A-10 opponent this season.
- The Rams improved to 10-2 all-time against George Washington.
- Tillman has recorded seven career double-doubles.
- VCU's point guards, Williams and Lewis, combined for 12 assists and just one turnover.
VCU will head to Davidson, North Carolina to face the Davidson Wildcats on Saturday, Jan. 14 in a 2 p.m. matchup in Belk Arena. The contest will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network.