Nov 20, 2014
- Score: #15 VCU 106, Maryland Eastern Shore 66
- Records: VCU (3-0), UMES (1-3)
- Location: Stuart C. Siegel Center – Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: The 15th-ranked VCU men's basketball bolted out to a 18-0 lead and never looked back on its way to a 3-0 start to the 2014-15 season and a dominating 106-66 win over University of Maryland-Eastern Shore in front of the 52nd consecutive sellout at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Freshman Terry Larrier led all scorers with 21 points on the night, while four other Rams reached double-figures, including senior Treveon Graham, who scored 17 points and reached 1,400 points in his career.
- Video: Coach Smart Postgame ll Highlights
- Storify Recap: Relive VCU's 106-66 win over UMES through the eyes of #RamNation
How It Happened
- VCU exploded to an 18-0 start just minutes into the game, and by the time the clock had hit the 14:00 mark, 10 different Rams had already scored a point. On its first possession, VCU flustered UMES to the point that the Hawks called a timeout just 16 second into the game.
- Though the Hawks did manage to cut their deficit to as small as 12 with some deft 3-point shooting by Devin Martin, that was as close as UMES would get the rest of the night. VCU's lead would reach 30 in the closing moments of the half, and the Rams ultimately went into halftime with a 31-point lead, 61-30.
- The second half brought more of the same, with the Rams jumping out to a 21-5 run, giving them an 81-36 advantage.
- The play of the game came at the 18:18 mark, when senior Briante Weber lobbed a perfect ball from the left elbow to sophomore Mo Alie-Cox, who promptly threw down a one-handed dunk for an alley-oop that brought the crowd to its feet.
- UMES never got closer than 35 points the rest of the night, and VCU cruised to an easy 106-66 victory.
Beyond the Box Score
- In the Rams' 18-0 run to start the game, eight different players recorded a point. At the end of the first half, that number climbed to 11 different Rams, and by the end of the game 13 different VCU players had put points up on the board.
- VCU's first win by 40 or more points since 3/21/2013 against Akron in the NCAA Tournament.
- Larrier's 21-point effort made him the first freshman to reach that scoring plateau since Rob Brandenburg in 2011.
- Aside from Larrier, four other VCU players had double-digit scoring nights: senior Treveon Graham, junior Melvin Johnson, sophomore Doug Brooks, and freshman Michael Gilmore. For Brooks, Gilmore, and Larrier, their point totals set new career highs.
- All 14 players that stepped on the court tonight for VCU recorded a rebound.
- The Rams travel up to Brooklyn to continue play in the Progressive Legends Classic against Villanova on Monday, November 24 at the Barclays Center, then play either Michigan or Oregon the following day.