RHODE ISLAND HALTS VCU WIN STREAK 69-59

Score: Rhode Island 69, VCU 59
Location: Kingston, R.I. (Ryan Center)
Records: VCU 23-6 (13-3 A-10), Rhode Island 19-9 (11-5)

The short story: Junior guard Johnny Williams provided a team-high 14 points off the bench, but it wasn't enough for VCU to overcome Rhode Island and a tough shooting afternoon at the Ryan Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Rhode Island halted VCU's nine-game win streak with their victory. VCU had not lost since Jan. 18.
  • Senior guard JeQuan Lewis and senior forward Ahmed Hamdy added 10 points for the VCU attack.
  • Senior guard Doug Brooks was active for the Black and Gold. He filled the stat sheet with six points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists in 24 minutes.
  • Jared Terrell led all players with 20 points for Rhode Island. Hassan Martin controlled the paint to the tune of 17 points and 18 rebounds.
  • Saturday's game was a stop-and-go affair, with the two teams combining for  55 fouls and 69 free throw attempts.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • Rhode Island outrebounded VCU 48-31, including 14-9 on the offensive glass.
  • VCU grabbed a 34-33 halftime lead, but Rhode Island stormed out of the locker room in the second half with an 18-4 run, punctuated by three straight 3-pointers by Terrell (2) and E.C. Matthews. It gave Rhody its largest lead of the game at 51-38 with 14:20 remaining.
  • VCU kept chipping away. The Black and Gold responded with a 9-2 burst, including a 3-pointer by freshman Malik Crowfield, to trim the deficit to six points with 10:37 left. Buckets were hard to come by for both teams, but back-to-back scores by redshirt freshman Samir Doughty and Williams pulled VCU within 59-57 with 3:27 showing. VCU would get no closer. VCU would not score another field goal the rest of the game, while Rhode Island knocked down 6-of-8 at the free throw line in the waning moments to secure the win.
  • Rhode Island was 31-of-39 at the free throw line.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
  • VCU sits in second place, one game behind Dayton in the A-10 standings following Saturday's game.
  • Williams registered double figures for the third straight game.
  • VCU is now 7-3 on the road this season.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will head to Dayton on Wednesday, March 1 with the A-10 regular season crown on the line. With a win, VCU would provide itself with an avenue to earn at least a share of the league title, as well as the A-10 Tournament's top seed. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.