RAMS RUMBLE PAST RICHMOND IN SECOND HALF 87-68

Lumber Liquidators Capital City Classic
Score: VCU 87, Richmond 68
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 16-5 (6-2 Atlantic 10), Richmond 15-6 (5-3 Atlantic 10)
Attendance: 7,637 (147th consecutive sellout)

The Short Story: Freshman guard Bones Hyland drained five 3-pointers and led five VCU players in double figures with 15 points as the Rams pulled away from Richmond Tuesday at the Siegel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Hyland hit his first five 3-point attempts, including four in the first half to spark the VCU offense
  • Senior De'Riante Jenkins scored 14 points while grabbing five rebounds for the Black and Gold
  • Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva controlled the glass with eight rebounds and supplied 14 points for VCU. Meanwhile, redshirt-senior guard Issac Vann tied his season-high with 11 points
  • Richmond forward Grant Golden led all Spider scorers with 24 points. The redshirt-junior also added eight rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Vann, Jenkins and Hyland connected on 3-pointers to spark a 22-5 VCU blitz to open the second half. The Rams assumed a 61-44 lead with 13:23 left and never looked back
  • The Rams built a 13-point lead early in the first half, only to watch Richmond rally for a 39-36 lead. But Hyland buried a deep step-back 3-pointer at the end of the half to send the teams into the locker room tied at 39-39
  • VCU's bench outscored Richmond's 36-8. Junior forward Corey Douglas tied a career-high with 11 points off the bench for the Rams
  • The Rams shot 49 percent (32-of-65) from the field, including 48 percent (10-of-21) from beyond the arc. Richmond shot 42 percent (22-of-52) and missed 11 of 14 three-point attempts

NOTABLE

  • Redshirt senior guard Marcus Evans converted a four-point play early in the first half to eclipse 2,000 career points. He scored 1,350 in two seasons at Rice before joining VCU
  • VCU improved to 54-30 all-time against Richmond. Those 54 victories are the Rams' most over any opponent

NEXT UP
VCU travels north to face Rhode Island in their second matchup of the season on Friday, Jan. 31. The game is schedule for a 7 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on ESPN2.