November 24, 2013
RAMS FALL TO GEORGETOWN IN PUERTO RICO FINALE, 84-80
- Score: Georgetown 84, #10 VCU 80
- Records: VCU (4-2), Georgetown (3-2)
- Location: Coliseo Roberto Clemente – San Juan, Puerto Rico)
- The Short Story: A back and forth game between two of the elite programs in the country turned into a game of "Knock Out" with Georgetown toppling the 10th-ranked Rams, 84-80. The game featured 84 free-throws, 62 of which came in the second half. Junior point guard Briante Weber scored a career-high 22 points, grabbed six rebounds and had four steals in the contest. HAVOC forced 26 turnovers and racked up 15 steals, but the Hoyas went 30-for-34 from the stripe and 11-for-15 from the field in the second half to secure the win.
How It Happened
- Georgetown jumped out to an 8-0 with four different players connecting on field goals.
- VCU got on the board 5:03 into the game and went on a 19-10 run capped off by an old-fashioned play by Melvin Johnson to give the Rams their first lead of the game at 19-18 with 8:38 to play in the first half.
- With the game tied at 20, the Black & Gold reeled off six straight points to grab their largest lead of the game at that point, 26-20.
- Georgetown fought back, but a 3-pointer by Rob Brandenberg with 20 seconds remaining sent VCU into halftime with a 30-29 advantage.
- The two teams traded free-throws for the first four minutes of the second half until the Rams turned up the heat, creating four straight Georgetown turnovers into an 11-2 run capped off by a 3-pointer from Johnson, to grab a 48-41 lead.
- D'Vaunta Smith-Rivera would help Georgetown claw back, scoring nine of Georgetown's 20 points over the next five minutes, which saw the Hoyas outscore the Rams 20-7 and take a 63-57 lead with 6:12 remaining.
- The game of "Knock Out" started in the final five minutes with the teams combining for 32 free-throw attempts. The Hoyas went a perfect 12-for-12 to maintain a six point lead heading into the final minute of play.
- After Treveon Graham hit two free-throws, Weber picked up a steal and a fastbreak layup to cut the lead to four. After two more Georgetown free-throws, Graham connected on a 3-pointer to make it a three-point game, 79-76.
- However, the Hoyas continue to knock down their free-throws, finishing the last five minutes going 17-for-18 from the stripe to hold off the Rams and pick up the 84-80 victory.
- "The number one thing we learned down here in Puerto Rico is that we have to get better. I think we already knew that, but now we've been smacked across the face with it. If there's any silver lining, it's that there should be a very clear realization that right now after these three games that there's a lot of improving to do individually and collectively. We're excited to get back to Richmond and work on that." – Head Coach Shaka Smart
- "We've got a lot of good shooters. We did not shoot the ball well down here in Puerto Rico. You always have to give some credit to your opponents, but at the same time I think we had some really good looks that just didn't go down. Our best three scorers right now are Juvonte Reddic, Treveon Graham and Rob Brandenberg, those guys combined were 6-for-28. They were good shots for the most part, but we just didn't make enough of them." – Head Coach Shaka Smart
- "I think our confidence was shaken a little bit and we had guys passing up open shots that they would normally take because the struggles were in the front of our minds. The ball not going in during our time down here really affected how we played and that just can't happen." – Junior Briante Weber
- "We just have to get better. It was definitely a reality check coming down here. We didn't accomplish our goals. There's a lot of season left. We won't hang our heads, we've just got to get back in the lab and get better. We have to have the urgency to get better, every member of our team." – Senior Rob Brandenberg
- The Rams are back in action on Friday, November 29th when the Huskies of Northeastern University visit the Verizon Wireless Arena. Game time on CSN-Plus and SNY is set for 7 p.m.