January 24, 2013
RAMS' WIN STREAK SNAPPED IN 86-74 OVERTIME LOSS TO RICHMOND
- Score: Richmond 86, #19/#16 VCU 74
- Record: VCU (16-4, 4-1 A10), Richmond (13-7, 3-2 A10)
- Location: Robins Center - Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: Junior Juvonte Reddic and sophomore Treveon Graham combined for 35 points and 20 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the University of Richmond mounted an improbable comeback to snap VCU's 13-game win streak by defeating the Rams 86-74 in overtime. The Black & Gold held a seven-point lead in the final minute of regulation, but clutch long-range shooting from the Spiders sent the game into overtime, where Richmond pulled away with the 12-point victory.
How It Happened
- It was evident right away that it would be a back-and-forth battle all night as neither team led by more than four over the game's first 12:30 minutes of action.
- Richmond was the first to gain some separation as three different Spiders hit buckets and VCU couldn't get a field-goal to drop for over four minutes as UR held a 21-14 cushion.
- Freshman Melvin Johnson kept the Black & Gold close with nine points in the final five minutes of the half as the teams headed to the break with Richmond holding a slight 32-29 advantage.
- UR would use the arc to its advantage in the second half, hitting seven threes and pushing its lead to eight with just under 12 minutes left in regulation.
- Enter Rob Brandenberg, who scored five straight points followed by three straight from Reddic and the game was squared up at 52 with 8:36 remaining.
- The teams would trade buckets before Graham scored four straight points to spark a 8-0 VCU run to give the Rams their largest lead of the game at 63-56 with 42 seconds left in regulation.
- After the teams traded free-throws, Richmond's Kendall Anthony was fouled on a three-pointer and hit all three shots, cutting VCU's advantage to 66-63 with 21 seconds remaining.
- Senior Troy Daniels went 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, but three-pointers by Anthony and Darien Brothers in the final 15 seconds helped the Spiders send the game to overtime.
- Richmond hit the first to baskets in overtime, but Graham followed with a trey to bring VCU within 73-72 with 3:51 left in overtime. The Spiders would finish the overtime period on a 13-2 run to pick up the 86-74 victory.
Beyond the Box Score
- It was VCU's second overtime game in the past eight days. The Rams toppled Saint Joe's last Thursday, 92-86, at the Siegel Center.
- Graham scored in double-figures for the 13th straight game, pouring in 15 points and 10 rebounds on the night.
- Reddic posted his fifth double-double of the year with 20 points and 10 rebounds on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. He had six all of last year.
- The 13-game winning streak was the third-longest in VCU history.
- VCU has a quick turnaround as it hosts another tough Atlantic 10 opponent when La Salle visits the Siegel Center on Saturday evening. Game time on CBS Sports Network is set for 8 p.m.