BENCH, 3-POINT BARRAGE SENDS VCU TO 10TH WIN  

Score: VCU 85, Loyola (Md.) 51
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 10-3, Loyola (Md.) 8-5
Attendance: 7,637 (143rd consecutive sellout)

The short story: VCU held Loyola (Md.) to a mere 20 second-half points en route to the Rams' largest victory of the season. Senior guard De'Riante Jenkins and freshman guard Bones Hyland both racked up 15 points on the night.

OPENING TIP

  • Jenkins was explosive from behind the arc with five triples, tying a career-high for three-pointers in a game
  •  Hyland's 15 points were a career-best, and all of his points came by way of three-point shots. He was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and added five assists (with no turnovers) and a pair of steals
  • KeShawn Curry added 12 for the Rams, a career-high for the VCU sophomore guard
  • VCU drained a season-high 14 triples, which accounted for 42 of its points
  • Andrew Kostecka led the way for the Greyhounds, scoring a game-high 30 points.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Loyola took a brief 10-7 lead in the first minutes of the game, but the Rams quickly overcame the deficit and never relinquished the lead
  • Jenkins sparked a 10-4 spurt with a pair of 3-pointers in the early stages of the second half to push VCU's lead to 50-35
  • Hyland later helped the Rams assume a commanding 69-42 lead with a pair of 3-pointers that ignited a 16-0 run
  • VCU closed the game on a 14-0 run, capped by a vicious alley-oop dunk by freshman Tre Clark
  • The Rams shot 50 percent (31-of-62) from the field overall, including 41 percent (14-of-34) from behind the 3-point arc. VCU held the Greyhounds to 39 percent (20-of-52) shooting, including 30 percent (8-of-27) in the second half
  • Twelve VCU players scored. The Rams bench contributed 52 points

NOTABLE

  • VCU has won 20 consecutive home games dating back to last season
  • VCU's 52 bench points were its most since it scored 56 against Belmont on Dec. 16, 2014
  • Sunday's game was VCU's first in eight days
  • VCU's non-conference slate is complete

NEXT UP
VCU will remain at the Siegel Center to open up conference play on Thursday, Jan. 2 against Fordham. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on MASN and ESPN+.

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