EVANS, RAMS HOLD OFF COMEBACK-MINDED DAYTON FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN  

Score: VCU 69, Dayton 68
Location: Dayton, Ohio (UD Arena)
Records: VCU 19-6 (10-2 Atlantic 10), Dayton 16-9 (8-4)

The short story: Redshirt junior guard Marcus Evans scored all 12 of his points in the second half, including a game-winning layup with six seconds remaining, to turn away comeback-minded Dayton Saturday.

OPENING TIP

  • VCU has won six straight games to keep pace with Davidson atop the A-10 standings at 10-2. VCU was picked seventh in the league preseason poll
  • Junior guard De'Riante Jenkins led VCU with 19 points. His 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range helped the Rams build a big second-half lead
  • Redshirt junior guard Issac Vann added 14 points and four assists for the Black and Gold
  • Ryan Mikesell led all players with 22 points for Dayton. Freshman sensation Obi Toppin kicked in 15

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Dayton stormed back from a 22-point deficit to briefly take the lead, but Evans drove left of the lane to the rim and finished over two defenders to provide VCU with a 69-68 lead with six seconds left. Dayton raced down the court, but Jenkins blocked the Flyers' jumper out of bounds. Dayton inbounded with 0.7 remaining on the clock, but VCU knocked the ball away to preserve the victory
  • VCU led 51-29 with 18:04 remaining after it opened the second half on a 10-0 run that included a pair of Jenkins treys. Dayton responded with a 31-8 run the next 13 minutes and took a 60-59 lead on a dunk by Toppin with 4:50 showing. VCU answered with a 6-0 burst, including a pair of Evans buckets, to grab a 65-60 advantage with 2:16 remaining.
  • Dayton took a 66-65 lead on a deep 3-pointer from the left by Jordan Davis at the 1:03 mark. Vann drove and drew a foul on VCU's ensuing possession. Facing a raucous Dayton student section, Vann buried both ends of a one-and-one situation with 39 seconds on the clock. Toppin's jumper moments later set the stage for Evans' heroics for VCU
  • VCU shot 47 percent from the field and outrebounded Dayton 35-27

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Saturday's win was VCU's first at UD Arena since an 80-66 triumph on Jan. 22, 2014. The Rams had lost three straight at Dayton
  • VCU has defeated Dayton on four consecutive occasions
  • The Rams have won four straight road contests
  • With the win, VCU has exceeded its victory total from last season

UP NEXT        
VCU will host Rhode Island on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. at E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

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