Score: VCU 69, La Salle 63
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 11-4 (2-0 Atlantic 10), La Salle 3-11 (1-1 Atlantic 10)
Attendance: 7,637 (126th consecutive sellout)
The short story: VCU overcame an 18-point first half deficit and held La Salle to 28 percent shooting in the second half Wednesday on the way to victory.
- Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva had 13 points and six rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting for the Rams.
- VCU junior guard De'Riante Jenkins scored a team-high 15 points along with four rebounds. He shot 2-of-4 from 3-point range.
- Rams' redshirt junior guard Marcus Evans had 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
- The Rams assisted on 13 of their 20 made field goals.
- In a physical game, VCU went 24-of-34 at the free throw line while La Salle went 16-of-20.
- VCU's offense started slow, shooting just 13-of-33 but then went 10-of-16 to cut the deficit to just 44-43 with 14:05 left in the second half.
- The Rams then trailed 48-43 before going on an 15-3 run to take their first lead of the game and led 58-51 with 4:43 remaining
- VCU shot 44.8 percent in the second half while La Salle shot 27.6 percent.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Evans' eight rebounds tied a career-high previously set against UTEP in 2016.
- Jenkins and Santos-Silva have each scored in double figures in four of the last five games.
- The game marked the 10th time VCU has held an opponent to 30 percent shooting or less from 3-point range.
VCU travels to Davidson on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.