RAMS CAPTURE OUTRIGHT A-10 TITLE WITH HISTORIC PERFORMANCE  

 

Score: VCU 71, George Mason 36
Location: Fairfax, Va. (EagleBank Arena)
Records: VCU 24-6 (15-2 Atlantic 10), George Mason 16-14 (10-7)

The short story: VCU set a program single-game record for points allowed as it throttled George Mason as it clinched its first outright Atlantic 10 Conference regular season championship Tuesday night in Fairfax, Va. The Rams, who have one regular season game remaining, will be the No. 1 overall seed at the A-10 Tournament March 13-17 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

OPENING TIP

  • VCU, which has won 11 straight games, claimed its first outright regular-season conference crown since it did so in the CAA in 2009. VCU, which joined the A-10 prior to the 2012-13 season, shared the regular season crown with Dayton and St. Bonaventure in 2015-16. VCU also captured the 2015 A-10 Tournament title
  • The Rams' surrendered just 15 second-half points on the way to establishing a new school record for points allowed. It surpassed the previous mark of 37 points, set on Feb. 11, 1992 against New Hampshire
  • Redshirt junior guard Marcus Evans keyed VCU with 13 points and two steals, while junior guard De'Riante Jenkins added 11 points and four rebounds. Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva added nine points, nine rebounds and a block
  • Jordan Miller paced the Patriots with 11 points and 10 rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU forced 22 turnovers and collected 12 steals in the game, and turned them into 28 points
  • The Rams held the Patriots to a .245 (12-of-49) mark from the field in the game, including .185 (5-of-27) in the second half. George Mason was 2-of-18 from 3-point range
  • VCU shot .541 (20-of-37) in the second half
  • Both teams struggled to score early in the game, but Evans led a 10-1 VCU run to close the first half with eight points, including a 3-pointer before time expired, to send the Rams to the locker room with a 28-21 lead
  • The second half was all VCU. Malik Crowfield hit a pair of 3-pointers and Jenkins scored seven points during a 23-0 VCU run early in the half that turned the game into a laugher

NOTABLES

  • VCU held the Patriots to just 12 field goals Tuesday, which matched a school record, also set in that 1992 contest against New Hampshire
  • VCU's 15 A-10 wins this year are its most since it joined the league
  • The Rams are 101-38 (including tournament play) against A-10 competition since joining the conference, the best mark in the league
  • VCU has held 15 opponents to 60 points or less this season. The Rams accomplished that feat just twice last season
  • The Rams have won six straight road games for the first time since the 2014-15 season
  • VCU's 35-point win is its largest-ever over George Mason and represents its second-largest margin over an A-10 opponent

NEXT UP
VCU will close its regular season when it hosts Saint Joseph's at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center on Friday, May 8 at 9 p.m. That game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and will include Senior Day ceremonies.

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