Score: VCU 81, Richmond 60
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 18-6 (9-2 Atlantic 10), Richmond 10-15 (4-8)
Attendance: 7,637 (130th consecutive sellout)
- Evans scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting in addition to five assists and two steals
- Vann poured in 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 24 minutes of action
- Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva supplied eight points and four rebounds (two offensive) and a blocked shot
- Four other Rams scored at least five points in the win
- The Rams have now won five straight games for the first time this season and improved to 9-2 in A-10 play to retain a share of first place
- Nathan Kayo led Richmond with 18 points and three rebounds
- The sequence of the game came with 6:54 left to play in the game. Junior guard De'Riante Jenkins came up with a steal and lofted a beautiful alley-oop to Santos-Silva who threw it down over a Richmond defender. The play ignited a 6-1 VCU run that culminated in another alley-oop, this time from Jenkins to Vann, to put the Rams up 73-50 late in the second half.
- With VCU leading 12-11 with 10:07 remaining in the first half, redshirt junior guard Mike'L Simms sparked a 13-2 Black and Gold run with a layup – and Vann bookended it with a 3-pointer – to push the Rams' lead to 25-13 with 6:25 left in the first half. The Rams led by double digits the rest of the way.
- VCU outrebounded the Spiders 29-24 and forced 16 Richmond turnovers in Wednesday's win
- VCU shot 57.4% (27-of-47) from the field, including 45.5% (10-of-22) from beyond the arc
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- VCU improved to 52-30 all-time against the Spiders, the program's most wins over any opponent
- VCU outscored Richmond in the paint 34-24 and 12-6 in fast break points
- The Rams led for 33:30 Wednesday
- VCU's bench outscored Richmond's 28-1
VCU will travel to Dayton, Ohio for a 4 p.m. matchup with the Flyers on Saturday, Feb. 16 at UD Arena.