RAMS TOP PATRIOTS IN A-10 SATURDAY SHOWDOWN

Score: VCU 79, George Mason 63
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 15-6 (6-2 Atlantic 10), George Mason 13-9 (7-2)
Attendance: 7,637 (129th consecutive sellout)

The short story: Redshirt junior Issac Vann scored a game-high 21 points to help power VCU past George Mason in a critical Atlantic 10 Conference tilt Saturday night in Richmond.

OPENING TIP

  • Vann led all scorers with 21 points and added four assists. He connected of 3-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc
  • Senior forward Michael Gilmore produced a season-high 11 points, including nine on a trio of 3-pointers
  • Overall, four Rams scored in double figures. Redshirt junior guard Marcus Evans added 11 points and five assists, while sophomore big man Marcus Santos-Silva poured in 10 points and grabbed five rebounds
  • George Mason's Jordan Miller tied his career-high with 14 points and collected 13 rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • George Mason rallied from 14 points down to pull even at 52-52 with 10:40 remaining, but Gilmore buried back-to-back 3-pointers and redshirt junior guard Mike'L Simms added one of his own to give VCU a 61-52 advantage with 9:16 remaining. George Mason could draw no closer than five the rest of the way
  • VCU sophomore forward Sean Mobley kick started an 8-2 run to open the second half when he buried a 3-pointer from the wing on the Rams' first possession
  • The Rams' stifling defense forced George Mason to commit 15 turnovers, which led to 16 VCU points

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU improved to 40-20 all-time against George Mason. VCU has won nine of 11 in the series
  • The Rams bench outscored George Mason's bench 26-17
  • George Mason was just 2-of-19 from beyond the 3-point arc

NEXT UP
VCU will return to action when it travels to Washington D.C. to face off against George Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. That critical A-10 matchup will air on MASN and ESPN+.

 

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