RAMS GROUND HAWKS, CHARGE INTO POSTSEASON PLAY  

Score: VCU 75, Saint Joseph's 63
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 25-6 (16-2 A-10), Saint Joseph's 13-18 (6-12 A-10)
Attendance: 7,637 (134th consecutive sellout)

The short story: Junior guards Marcus Evans and Isaac Vann combined for 38 points as VCU held off pesky Saint Joseph's on senior night. VCU extends its win streak to 12 games and tied a school records for regular season wins (25) and conference victories (16).

OPENING TIP

  • Evans supplied a team-high 25 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from three. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists
  • Vann poured in 15 points and grabbed four rebounds, while junior guard De'Riante Jenkins recorded 11 points, six rebounds and four assists
  • In all, nine Rams got on the board, including freshman forward Vince Williams, who added seven points, and junior guard Malik Crowfield, who kicked in six on 2-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc
  • Saint Joseph's guard Charlie Brown Jr. logged a double-double on Friday with 15 points and 10 rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • After Marcus Evans opened up the game with a 3-pointer, there were six different lead changes within the first six and a half minutes of the first half
  • VCU held Saint Joe's scoreless for nearly four minutes during a 7-0 burst, punctuated by a Crowfield 3-pointer with 11:15, remaining, to take a 59-44 lead
  • Saint Joseph's fought hard to cut into the VCU lead but couldn't pull within less than seven points throughout the second half
  • VCU outscored Saint Joe's in the paint 32-22 and dished out 21 assists compared to Saint Joe's 10
  • The Black & Gold scored 14 fast break points to Saint Joe's two

NOTABLES

  • VCU shot .458 (27-of-59) percent from the field Friday
  • The Rams improve to 7-5 all time against Saint Joseph's
  • VCU will be the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament .
  • With Friday's matchup in the books, VCU sold out the Siegel Center for the 134th consecutive game, a streak which dates back to the 20-10-11 season
  • VCU outrebounded the Hawks 37-33 and committed just 10 turnovers
  • VCU's 25 regular season wins tied a school mark, held the 2011-12 team
  • The Rams also matched their most wins in conference play in school history with 16. VCU also finished 16-2 in the CAA in 2006-07

NEXT UP
VCU, the A-10 regular season champions, will open up conference tournament play on Friday, March 15 at noon at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. against the winner of Thursday's game between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds.

 

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