TILLMAN ERUPTS AS RAMS OUTLAST DAYTON IN OT THRILLER  

Score: VCU 88, Dayton 84
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena)
Records: VCU 15-10 (7-5 A-10), Dayton 9-15 (7-5)
Attendance: 7,637 (114th consecutive sellout)

The short story: Senior forward Justin Tillman scored seven of his career-high 37 points in overtime as VCU outlasted Dayton in an overtime thriller Saturday night at the E.J. Wade Arena.

OPENING TIP

  • Tillman knocked down 17-of-25 from the floor for VCU and also provided eight rebounds and two blocks.
  • VCU sophomore swingman Issac Vann poured added 10 points with six rebounds and added three steals.
  • Freshman forward Sean Mobley and senior guard Johnny Williams each scored eight points and combined for nine assists.
  • Freshman forward Marcus Santos-Silva added six points and three blocks to the Rams' effort off the bench. VCU's bench outscored Dayton's 18-3.
  • Dayton's guard Jalen Crutcher led the Flyers with 21 points and seven boards while four others scored double-digits.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Tillman scored on a turnaround in the lane on the first possession of overtime and gave the Rams an 83-79 lead with a bucket at the 1:56 mark. Dayton knotted the game at 84 on a layup by Trey Landers with 43 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession Tillman answered with a layin with 26 ticks on the clock. Dayton missed a 3-pointer on the following possession, and Williams knocked down a pair of free throws to cap the victory.
  • VCU led by as many as 17 points, at 74-57 with 6:38 remaining, but the Flyers closed the game on a 16-1 run to force overtime, including a layup by Josh Cunningham before the final horn.
  • Dayton took a 40-38 lead into the locker room after Jalen Crutcher hit a halfcourt 3-pointer as time expired in the first half.

NOTABLES

  • Tillman's 37 points were the most by a Ram since Willie Taylor scored 38 against Hampton on Dec. 19, 2002.
  • This was Tillman's 13th game of the season with at least 20 points.
  • The two teams traded leads 16 times and spent a total 4:21 tied.
  • VCU forced 19 turnovers in the game and outscored Dayton 25-11 off miscues.

NEXT UP
On Wednesday, Feb. 14 VCU plays host to Davidson at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. CBS Sports will broadcast that game.

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