BROOKS IGNITES RAMS IN 78-65 WIN OVER LOUISIANA-MONROE

Score: VCU 78, Louisiana-Monroe 65
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 9-3, Louisiana-Monroe 5-7
Attendance: 7,637 (89th consecutive sellout)

The short story: Senior Doug Brooks' ignited a 29-7 VCU second-half run with sharp-shooting and aggressive defense as the Rams rallied past Louisiana-Monroe Thursday night at the E.J. Wade Arena.

OPENING TIP
  • Brooks scored all 15 of his points in the second half, hitting five straight 3-pointers. He added a career-high 6 assists and 4 steals.
  • Senior Mo Alie-Cox led all players with 16 points for VCU, including 14 in the second half as the Rams pulled away. He added 3 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists. He was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
  • Redshirt freshman guard Samir Doughty kicked in 10 points and 8 rebound for VCU.
  • The Warhawks controlled the majority of the first half and led by as many as nine points before VCU mounted its comeback. The Warhawks took a 34-32 lead into the locker room at the half.
  • VCU shot just .333 (12-of-36) in the first half, but improved to .500 (15-of-30) in the second half.
  • Jordon Harris and Sam McDaniel paced ULM's offense with 15 points apiece.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • Brooks hit three straight 3-pointers to fuel an 18-2 VCU blitz midway through the second half that turned an 8-point deficit into a 54-46 Rams lead with 10:29 remaining. VCU would not trail again and would build its advantage to as many as 16 before the end of the night.
  • The Black and Gold outscored the Warhawks 31-13 off the bench.
  • VCU capitalized on ULM's foul trouble, going 14-of-18 from the line.
  • The Rams were active on the defensive end to force 22 ULM turnovers.
  • JeQuan Lewis and Brooks combined for 10 of VCU's 14 steals.
  • The Rams assisted on 19 of their 24 made baskets.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
  • Brooks had missed 18 of his last 21 three-point attempts before knocking down five straight treys in the second half Thursday.
  • VCU won its third straight game.
  • The Rams outscored the Warhawks 26-19 off turnovers.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will host Howard on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. at the E.J. Wade Arena. 
 
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