RAMS THWART PIRATES 69-57

Score: VCU 69, Hampton 57
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Attendance: 7,637 (119th consecutive sellout)

The short story: Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva led the Rams with a career-high 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting as VCU topped Hampton 69-57 to move to 2-0 on the season. VCU forced 17 Pirates' turnovers and held Hampton to 29 percent shooting (18-of-62) from the field.

OPENING TIP 

  • Santos-Silva provided 16 points, and added four rebounds, one block, and one steal for the Rams
  • Redshirt junior guard Marcus Evans followed up his strong VCU debut by posting 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals
  • Redshirt junior forward Issac Vann played an all-around game, chipping in seven points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists
  • Hampton was led by guard Jermaine Marrow, who provided 25 points and five assists in 35 minutes.
  • Seven Rams scored at least five points Friday

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Hampton scored first but VCU turned up the heat from there and lead the rest of the way. With the score knotted up at 4-4, the Rams exploded for a 14-4 run that pushed their lead to 22-8 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half.
  • After the Pirates cut VCU's lead to 23-11, the Rams went on a 13-3 run to give them their largest lead of the half at 35-15 with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.
  • With VCU leading 42-26 early in the second half, redshirt sophomore Corey Douglas made a layup to ignite a 7-0 VCU run that gave it a 49-26 with just under 15 minutes left in the second period.
  • After a 5-0 run by Hampton, VCU ratcheted up the pressure once again by going on another 7-0 run to give the Rams their largest lead of the game.
  • After a Hampton run cut the VCU lead to seven, Evans hit a clutch three followed by a Santos-Silva dunk to push the Rams' lead back to double digits at 62-50.
  • The Rams shot 42.6% (23-of-54) from the field led by as many as 25
  • VCU turned 17 Hampton turnovers into 18 points, scored 36 points in the paint and owned an 8-7 advantage in fast break points  

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU totaled eight steals and four blocked shots in the game
  • VCU owned a 14-7 edge in assists
  • The Rams held a 30-10 advantage in bench points

WHAT'S NEXT
VCU returns to action on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Siegel Center when the Rams host Bowling Green at 7 p.m. MASN will televise that contest.

 COACH RHOADES POSTGAME