RAMS DROP CLOSE CONTEST TO VIRGINIA, 76-67

Score: Virginia 76, VCU 67
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 2-1, Virginia 3-0
Attendance: 7,637 (102nd consecutive sellout)

The short story: During a second half that saw VCU consistently remain within striking distance, the Rams trailed UVA just 68-64 with 1:33 remaining before a Ty Jerome 3-pointer put the Cavaliers up 71-64 as they held off the Rams late.

OPENING TIP 

  • Issac Vann scored a season-high 19 points while shooting 8-of-10 from the floor.
  • Jonathan Williams scored 14 points and dished out eight assists with only one turnover.
  • Khris Lane added 12 points and five rebounds.
  • Kyle Guy scored a career-high 29 points and shot 5-of-9 from deep.
  • Ty Jerome was the only other Cavalier in double figures at 13 points as he also recorded seven assists.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Virginia won the turnover battle forcing 12 VCU turnovers that netted them a 16-2 advantage in points off of them.
  • A VCU layup by Williams brought VCU within 68-64 with 2:08 left in the game but Jerome answered with a 3-pointer to cap a 5-2 burst by Virginia and take a 71-64 lead with 1:33 left.
  • The Cavaliers only turned the ball over five times during the game against VCU's press and held an 18-0 advantage in fast break points.
  • The Rams held a 36-26 advantage on the glass and led 10-5 in offensive rebounds but only had a 6-5 edge in second chance points.
  • UVA ended the game making each of their last four field goal attempts. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • UVA shot 43.5 percent from 3-point range going 10-of-23 from behind the arc while VCU shot 9-25 (36 percent).
  • The game remained within a 10-point margin during the entire second half but the Cavaliers held a lead for 38:11 of the game.
  • Virginia shot 55.2 percent in the second half while the Rams shot 44.8 percent. 

NEXT UP
VCU will head to Hawaii to face Marquette in the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational at 2:30 p.m. EST on Nov. 20.