SWEEP COMPLETE: VCU HOLDS OFF RIVAL RICHMOND 69-66  

Score: VCU 69, Richmond 66
Location: Richmond, Va. (Robins Center)
Records: VCU 23-6 (14-2 A-10), Richmond 12-17 (6-10)

The short story: Junior guards Marcus Evans and Malik Crowfield combined for 29 points as VCU held off plucky Richmond Saturday night at the Robins Center. VCU extends its win streak to 10 games and earns a share of the Atlantic 10 Conference regular season title with the victory.

OPENING TIP

  • Crowfield provided his best performance of the season off the bench for the Rams. The LaPlace, La. native scored nine of his season-high 14 points in the second half as VCU looked to snuff out a Spiders comeback. Crowfield connected of 5-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range
  • Evans supplied a team-high 15 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists for the Black and Gold
  • In all, four Rams scored in double figures, including junior guard Issac Vann (11) and sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva (10). Santos-Silva added six rebounds and blocked a pair of shots
  • Richmond's Jacob Gilyard led all players with 23 points and six assists
  • VCU sweeps the regular-season series with Richmond with Saturday's win

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Gilyard gave Richmond its only lead of the game at 45-43 when his reverse layup capped a 6-0 Spider run with 11:27 remaining. However, VCU responded with a 10-0 blitz, capped by back-to-back Crowfield 3-pointers, to grab a 54-46 advantage with 8:29 left
  • Richmond gave VCU a scare down the stretch when 3-pointers on consecutive possessions by Grant Golden and Jake Wojcik and a Gilyard free throw trimmed the Rams' lead to 68-66 with 12.5 seconds remaining. But Evans knocked down 1-of-2 free throws on VCU's next possession, and Wojcik misfired on a 3-point attempt from the left wing as the clock ran out
  • VCU knocked down 5-of-6 free throws in the final 1:30, including four in a row -- two one-and-one situations -- by Santos-Silva and freshman Vince Williams
  • VCU forced 16 Richmond turnovers and outrebounded the Spiders 34-27

 

NOTABLES

  • VCU shot 50 percent from the field Saturday
  • The Rams improve to 53-30 all-time against Richmond
  • VCU currently holds a two-game lead on second place Davidson (12-4) in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings with two games remaining. Davidson owns a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Rams, who are looking to win the league regular season title and No. 1 seed in the A-10 Tournament with one more victory
  • It's the second time the Rams have captured at least a share of the A-10 regular season title. VCU shared the crown with Dayton and St. Bonaventure in 2016

NEXT UP
VCU will travel to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. That contest will be broadcast on Stadium.

 

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