Graham leads Rams to fifth straight win in 72-63 defeat of Cleveland State

The Basics

How It Happened

  • Treveon Graham went on an 8-0 run in the opening minutes to give VCU an early advantage.
  • VCU saw its lead increase out to 12 in the opening half.  Freshman Terry Larrier connected on a free-throw to make the score 12-0 with 14:12 left in the first.
  • Cleveland State stormed back with a 19-8 run to even the score at 22-22.
  • A Larrier 3-pointer closed out the frame, and gave VCU a 32-27 edge at the break.
  • VCU went on a 9-0 run over 2:52 minutes to extend their lead in the second half to 43-30. The Black and Gold held CSU to 1-of-5 FG over the stretch to aid the Rams hot start from the field.
  • The Black and Gold continued its hot shooting second frame going 5-of-7 from the field to go on a to a 13-6 run.  Senior Jarred Guest capped the hot stretch with a tip-in, extending VCU's lead to 62-46 with 6:21 remaining.
  • The Vikings made a run late in the game to cut VCU's lead down to nine, but the Rams held them off securing the 72-63 victory.

Beyond the Box Score

  • Graham moved into ninth all-time in scoring (1,565) following his 20-point performance. 
  • Briante Weber had one steal in the game, he is just one steal away from being tied for ninth on the NCAA all-time steals list.
  • Monday night's game was the 57th consecutive sellout at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
  • VCU has won 26 of the last 28 December games

Up Next

  • VCU will begin Atlantic 10 Conference play at Fordham on Sunday, January 4. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.