JOHNSON, GRAHAM LEAD RAMS TO 92-75 ROUT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

The Basics

  • Score: VCU 92, George Washington 75
  • Records: VCU (20-5, 8-2), George Washington (19-5, 7-3)
  • Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village
  • The Short Story: Treveon Graham scored a game high 25 points to go with 10 rebounds and Melvin Johnson added 21 as VCU routed George Washington 92-75.  The Rams were deadly from the perimeter, connecting on 13 out of 25 three point attempts.  Briante Weber tied his season high with seven steals, helping VCU to 29 points off turnovers.  With the win, the Rams hold sole control of second place in the Atlantic 10 at 8-2, and have secured their eighth straight 20-win season.
How It Happened:
  • Eight straight points from Johnson, including a pair of threes, helped pace VCU over the first 7 minutes en route to an early 12-10 lead.
  • Continuing to score, the Rams extended their run to 10-0 after a three from Jordan Burgess, giving the Rams a 17-10 advantage.
  • With just over 8 minutes to play, Mo Alie-Cox blocked a shot at the rim that led to a Johnson floater.  Following a subsequent 5-second violation on the Colonials, Graham was fouled shooting a three, and converted the four-point play to give VCU a 25-12 lead.
  • Back to back threes from Johnson and JeQuan Lewis helped extend the Rams lead to 16, at 31-15. 
  • With three minutes to play in the first half, Doug Brooks hit VCU's eighth three of the half to push the Rams lead to 21, 39-18.
  • Closing the first half, Juvonte Reddic posterized a George Washington defender with a one handed slam plus a foul; he hit the ensuing free throw to give VCU a 45-28 lead at the half.
  • A 17-4 run helped the Colonials pull within seven with just under ten minutes left to play, but Melvin Johnson hit a three to push the lead back to eight with 8:49 remaining in the half.
  • Rob Brandenberg, who finished with 15 points, pushed the lead back to double digits with back-to-back baskets around the eight-minute mark.  Johnson followed with a corner three to give the Rams a 72-57 lead with 7:16 to play.
  • George Washington managed to slice the lead back to single digits with 4:02 to play, but Brandenberg responded with a three to keep the lead at 79-68. 
  • Consecutive dunks from Reddic and Brandenberg closed the scoring for VCU in the final minute.
Up Next
  • VCU travels to league-leading Saint Louis on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tipoff.  The game will be telecast on ESPN.

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