RILLER, BRANTLEY LEAD CHARLESTON PAST VCU 83-79

Score:  Charleston 83, VCU 79
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Attendance: 7,637 (123rd consecutive sellout)

The short story: Junior guard De'Riante Jenkins led VCU with a season-high 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting, but the Rams fell just short of Charleston 83-79 Saturday.

OPENING TIP 

  • Jenkins scored 23 points and added two steals in 28 minutes of action.
  • Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva contributed his second double-double in three games with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He also supplied three blocks and two steals for the Rams.
  • VCU freshman forward Vince Williams scored a season-high 13 points and added five rebounds on 5-of-6 shooting in just over 20 minutes of action
  • Charleston was led by the combo of guard Grant Riller and forward Jarrell Brantley, who scored 30 and 26 points, respectively. Brantley also provided 17 rebounds while shooting 12-of-15 from the free throw line.       

THE DIFFERENCE

  • The Rams pulled within two twice in the closing moments, but Charleston hit four straight free throws to close out the contest.
  • Riller made a number of big plays for the Cougars, but none bigger than back-to-back buckets, including a 3-pointer from the corner with 3:53 left, to give Charleston a 73-65 advantage.  
  • With VCU trailing 59-49 with 8:59 left in the second half, guard Marcus Evans made two free throws to spark a 10-2 Rams run that left VCU down 61-59 with just over six minutes remaining in the game.
  • VCU jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the opening minutes, but Charleston led 32-28 at the half.
  • The Rams shot 6-of-27 from beyond the 3-point arc

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • The Rams shot 42.2% (27-of-64) from the field including 53.1% (17-of-32) in the second half.
  • VCU turned 23 Charleston turnovers into 21 points and owned a 12-9 advantage in second chance points  
  • VCU turned Charleston over a season-high 23 times and totaled 12 steals
  • The Rams outscored Charleston 42-28 in points in the paint
  • The Rams held a 22-10 advantage in bench points

WHAT'S NEXT
VCU returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 22 when the Rams host Wichita State at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at 4:00 p.m. ESPN2 will televise the contest.

 

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