RHODE KILL: VCU BLASTS RHODE ISLAND, ASSUMES CONTROL OF A-10  

Score: VCU 76, Rhode Island 42
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 20-6 (11-2 Atlantic 10), Rhode Island 12-13 (5-8 Atlantic 10)
Attendance: 7,637 (131st consecutive sellout)

The short story: Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva provided a double-double and helped anchor a lock-down defensive effort as VCU rolled past Rhode Island Tuesday night. With the victory and Davidson's loss to Dayton, VCU moved into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

OPENING TIP

  • VCU has won seven straight games, the longest unbeaten streak of the Mike Rhoades era
  • Santos-Silva led all scorers with 19 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds to record his fifth double-double of the season
  • Overall, 10 different Rams got on the board, including Santos-Silva and junior guard De'Riante Jenkins, who buried 4-of-6 from 3-point range and finished with 14 points
  • Rhode Island's Jeff Dowtin led his team with 14 points and four assists

THE DIFFERENCE

  • After falling behind 4-0 in the first minutes of the game, VCU took the lead at the 16:59 mark and never looked back
  • With just under 12 minutes to play in the first half, VCU went on a 12-4 run in a matter of four minutes to take its first double-digit lead
  • VCU held URI to just two points in the final 7:34 of the first half before Dowtin hit a long 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. VCU took a 39-22 lead into the locker room
  • VCU's defense remained strong in the second half, holding URI to under 10 points through the first 13 minutes of the second half
  • The Black & Gold's stifling defense forced Rhode Island to commit 20 turnovers, which led to 21 VCU points

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU held Rhode Island to just 13 made field goals, one shy of tying the school record of 12 set in 1992 against New Hampshire
  • VCU's bench outscored Rhode Island's 22-4
  • VCU's 23 assists marks the second highest total of the season, one shy of tying 24 set against Rider at home
  • The 34-point margin is tied for VCU's largest in an A-10 win since joining the league prior to the 2012-13 season

NEXT UP
VCU will return to action when it hosts George Washington on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. That critical A-10 matchup will be aired on CBS 6 and ESPN+.

 

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