Dec 06, 2014
- Score: #7 Virginia 74, VCU 57
- Records: VCU (5-3), Virginia (9-0)
- Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Siegel Center, inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village – Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: In the highly anticipated rematch of last season's thriller, VCU fell to the seventh-ranked Virginia Cavaliers 74-57. Treveon Graham and Melvin Johnson led the Rams with 17 and 15 points, respectively.
- Video: Coach Smart Postgame Press Conference
- Storify: VCU vs. UVA - Through the Eyes of Ram Nation
How It Happened
- Neither team could take control of the game in the opening minutes, with the score settling in at 14-14 at the 12:43 mark. VCU was able to hang around by forcing Virginia turnovers, including four in this first stretch of the game.
- Turnovers aside, the Cavs were able to pull ahead thanks to some hot shooting. They ended the first half with a field goal percentage of 64-percent, compared to 35 percent from VCU. Virginia's offense was more efficient as well, generating more made field goals than the Rams despite having 12 fewer attempts.
- VCU ended the half by missing nine of its last 11 shots, and went into halftime trailing 38-28. Melvin Johnson's 11 points led the way for VCU in the first 20 minutes.
- It was much of the same in the second half, with Virginia knocking down shots and VCU generating a lot of chances early on. UVA's lead hovered between 8 and 12, with the Rams unable to break through and start chipping away.
- Midway through the half, though, VCU made a push towards getting back in the game. A thunderous dunk from Mo Alie-Cox brought the fans to their feet, and then Graham nailed three 3-pointers on consecutive possessions from the same corner in front of the VCU bench, the last of which brought the Rams within four, 59-55, with 6:57 remaining in the game.
- In the final minutes, though, Virginia overmatched VCU to the tune of a 15-2 run on its way to a 74-57 victory. UVA's offense only got stronger as the game wore on, and it was firing on all cylinders in the closing minutes. The Cavaliers made 12 of their final 14 shots on the day.
Beyond The Box Score
- With his 17-point performance, Graham moves into 12th place on the all-time VCU scoring list, passing former Ram B.A. Walker.
- Graham was also five of nine from beyond the arc, making today the third consecutive game in which a Ram has made five or more threes in a game.
- Virginia shot 68.3 percent from the field in today's game, the second-highest single game shooting percentage in UVA history.
- Four of VCU's next five games will be played at the Siegel Center, with the next game coming on Saturday, December 13 at 7 PM against Northern Iowa. The Rams will then host Belmont on Tuesday, December 16 for another 7 PM tip-off.