January 25, 2014

GRAHAM, REDDIC LEAD RAMS PAST LA SALLE IN DOUBLE OVERTIME, 97-89

The Basics

  • Score: VCU 97, La Salle 89 (2 OT)
  • Records: VCU (16-4, 4-1 A10), La Salle (11-8, 3-2 A10)
  • Location: Tom Gola Arena – Philadelphia, Pa.
  • The Short Story: Junior Treveon Graham and senior Juvonte Reddic combined for 61 points and 27 rebounds to lead the VCU men's basketball team to a thrilling 97-89 double-overtime road victory over La Salle. Graham's 34 points was a career-high, six of which came in the final 1:04 of regulation when the Rams erased a six-point deficit to send the game into overtime. Reddic poured in 27 points and 15 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive, helping the Rams score 22 second-chance points. Classmate Rob Brandenberg knocked down two huge 3-pointers in double-overtime that helped seal the victory for the Black & Gold.
How It Happened
  • The two teams traded buckets to start the game, but with the score tied 9-9, Reddic knocked down a jumper to start a 11-1 VCU run that gave the Rams a 20-10 lead with 7:55 to play in the first half.
  • VCU's lead would reach 11, but a 3-pointer from Tyreek Duren and a layup by Steve Zack in the final 50 seconds of the half, cut into the Black & Gold advantage and sent the Rams into the break with a 33-29 cushion.
  • La Salle continued that surge in the second half with back-to-back layups to tie the game at 33, but VCU responded with seven straight points, finishing with a beautiful drive by Brandenberg to grab a 40-33 lead.
  • The Explorers once again would respond and tie the game three more times before going an 11-2 run to grab a 56-49 advantage with 9:56 remaining.
  • La Salle would eventually push the lead to double-digits with 5:15 left, but the Rams began to chip away.
  • With VCU trailing 73-67 and 1:14 to play, Graham went to work, hitting two free-throws and then HAVOC forced a turnover. Graham drove the lane and spun for a lay-up and a two-point game, 73-71. After La Salle missed the front end of a one-and-one, Graham cleared the lane once again and connected to send the game into overtime at 73-73.
  • Neither team would lead by more than two points in the first overtime as the game headed into  a second overtime at 80-80.
  • After La Salle hit two free-throws to start the second overtime, Reddic had a huge putback to tie the game, followed by the big three-pointers by Brandenberg to push VCU's lead to 88-82.
  • That was enough as the lead never dipped below five the rest of the way thanks to Briante Weber going 5-of-6 from the stripe to seal the 97-89 victory.
Up Next
  • VCU returns home for a three-game stretch, beginning with Fordham on Wednesday, January 29. Game time at the Verizon Wireless Arena is set for 7 p.m.

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