- Score: VCU 93, Richmond 82
- Records: VCU (24-6, 12-3 A-10), Richmond (17-13, 7-8 A-10)
- Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, part of the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village - Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: VCU used lockdown defense over the final three minutes to pick up their 24th victory of the season in a thrilling 93-82 win over crosstown rival, Richmond. Senior Darius Theus led the way down the stretch, sparking a 14-3 run to close the game with back-to-back defensive stops, leading to back-to-back buckets by junior Juvonte Reddic. In a game that featured nine ties and 10 lead changes, sophomore Treveon Graham led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Graham was one of five Rams in double-figures.
How It Happened
- Both teams took some time to get going offensively, but when they did, the floodgates opened. With Richmond holding an early 6-5 lead, Cedrick Lindsay scored five of the Spiders' next 16 points to help them take a 21-12 advantage with just over 10 minutes to play in the first half.
- But that's when sophomore Jarred Guest provided a huge spark with a put back dunk and a steal to spark a 14-4 run that gave VCU a 26-25 lead with 6:28 left before halftime.
- Richmond would regain the lead and stretch it to seven before VCU closed the half on a 13-4 run, capped off by a 3-pointer from junior Rob Brandenberg at the buzzer to send the Rams into the break with a 43-41 lead.
- Brandenberg would continue his aggressiveness at the start of the second half, scoring the first four points to give the Rams' their largest lead of the game up til that point with a 47-41 cushion.
- Richmond wouldn't go away and 3-pointers from Darien Brothers and Alonzo Nelson-Ododa helped the Spiders regain and extend their lead to six, 63-57, with just over 13 minutes left on the clock.
- After Theus connected on an old-fashioned three-point play, neither team would lead by more than one possession over the next seven minutes until Brandenberg drove the length of the court to make it 74-70 in favor of the Black & Gold.
- The Spiders would tie the game at 79 on a 3-pointer by Terry Allen with 3:13 to play, but the Rams followed with a 14-3 run to close the game, including a 6-of-8 performance from the charity stripe to secure the 93-82 victory.
Beyond the Box Score
- VCU improved to 24-0 when tallying 15 or more turnovers.
- The Rams improved to 15-0 when Brandenberg scores 11 or more. They are 31-2 in his career when that number is reached.
- VCU is now one of just three programs in the country to post 24 or more wins in each of the past seven seasons (Memphis and Kansas are the others).
- With two 3-pointers on the night, senior Troy Daniels moved into sole possession of second-place on VCU's all-time3-pointers list with 232. He surpassed former Ram great Bradford Burgess (231).
- After posting its eighth 90-plus point outing of the year, the Black & Gold moved up to 12th in the country in scoring average (78.1 ppg).
- With two more steals tonight, Theus moved into a tie for third-place on the single-season steals chart (77). Along with 85 steals (second all-time) from Briante Weber, the duo has now posted two of the top three steals season in VCU history this year.
- VCU will head to Philadelphia to take on Temple in the regular season finale. The game can be seen nationally on CBS, with tip time slated for 12 p.m.