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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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+.