Atlantic 10 Conference Quarterfinals
Score: #1 Rhode Island 76, #8 VCU 67
Location: Washington, D.C. (Capital One Arena)
Records: VCU 18-15, Rhode Island 24-6
The short story: Senior Justin Tillman provided his seventh straight double-double to bolster a valiant VCU effort, but a late 8-0 run helped Rhode Island rally past the Black and Gold Friday in Washington, D.C.
- Tillman scored a game-high 23 points along with 15 rebounds.
- Sophomore guard De'Riante Jenkins scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting for VCU. He also added three steals.
- VCU redshirt sophomore guard Issac Vann was the third VCU player in double figures with 10 points and eight rebounds.
- Jeff Dowtin led Rhode Island with 18 points and Jared Terrell added 16 points.
- VCU and Rhode Island were even in rebounding at 41-41 and 5-5 in second chance points.
- Trailing by as many as nine points in the first half, VCU outscored Rhode Island 18-8 in to tie the game 33-33 with 38 seconds remaining. Rhode Island hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to take a 36-33 lead into halftime.
- There were three ties and four lead changes in the second half between the two teams.
- VCU took a 59-58 lead on a pair of free throws by senior guard Johnny Williams with 6:38 remaining. But Rhode Island used an 8-0 burst over the next four minutes, punctuated by a Stanford Robinson 3-pointer, to take a 66-59 lead with 2:34 left.
- Rhode Island shot 50 percent from 3-point range (11-of-22), while VCU was just 7-of-21 from beyond the arc. Rhode Island was especially efficient in the second half, shooting 54.5 percent from deep.
- Both teams struggled at the free throw line as VCU was just 63.2 percent from the charity stripe. Rhode Island shot 57.9 percent from the line, but did make its final eight in the waning moments.
- Rhode Island held a slight 13-8 advantage in points off turnovers and a 15-12 edge in bench scoring.
- Tillman recorded his 18th double-double of the season, which matches the most by a VCU player since Bernard Hopkins in 1995-96.
- Williams moved into ninth place on VCU's single-season list for assists (182) during the game.
- Jenkins' 79 three-pointers this season are ninth-most in school single-season history.