­RAMS TURN UP THE HAVOC, FORCE 32 TURNOVERS FROM WESTERN KENTUCKY IN 76-44 WIN

The Basics

Score: VCU 76, Western Kentucky 44
Record: VCU (8-3), Western Kentucky (8-4)
Location: Stuart C. Siegel Center - Richmond, Va.
The Short Story: The Rams turned up the HAVOC en route to their fifth straight win, 76-44, over Western Kentucky. VCU forced WKU into 32 turnovers and picked up 20 steals for the second time this season. Sophomore Briante Weber led all scorers with 13 points, while also adding five rebounds and five steals in the victory. Weber led four different Rams in double-figure scoring, marking the fourth time in the past five games that VCU had at least four players in double-digits.

VCU STARTERS: #2 Briante Weber, #11 Rob Brandenberg #15 Juvonte Reddic, #21 Treveon Graham, #30 Troy Daniels

WESTERN KENTUCKY STARTERS: #12 Brandon Harris, #13 Percy Blade, #15 O'Karo Akamune, #22 Teeng Akol, #44 George Fant

How It Happened

  • VCU set the tone at the very start of the game forcing turnovers on the first three offensive possessions for WKU.
  • The Rams would hold the Hilltoppers to just one field goal over the first 6:15 of the game en route to a 15-3 cushion after senior Troy Daniels connected on his 13th three-pointer in the past three games.
  • VCU would close the first half as strong as they started it with an 18-3 run, holding WKU to just one field goal over the final 7:48, taking a 42-16 lead into the halftime break.
  • WKU would have its strong stretch in the first three minutes of the second half with a 9-3 run to get the lead to 20 at 45-25, but that's as close as they would get.
  • The Rams would push their lead to as much as 42 after freshman Justin Tuoyo hit his first career three-pointer with 3:39 to play, giving VCU a 76-34 advantage.
  • Sophomore Teddy Okereafor thrilled another sellout crowd at the Siegel Center when he picked up VCU's 20th steal with just under a minute to play, which meant free nachos for everyone in attendance courtesy of Baja Bean.

Beyond the Box Score

  • Eight times in the past two years has a team posted 20 or more steals against a Division I opponent. VCU has three of those occurrences.
  • Senior Darius Theus was phenomenal for the Rams. He played a total of 17:08 in the victory. During that time, WKU scored a total of four points.
  • The 20 steals ties a school record, which also occurred last year against UNCW (12/17/11) and this year against FGCU (11/9/12)
  • VCU's consecutive sellout streak was extended to 24 after 7,693 came through the doors of the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

COMING UP NEXT:

  • The Rams will return to the Stu on Friday when they take on in-state foe Longwood at 7p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on CBS 6.3 in Richmond.

 

 

 

 

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