Dec 29, 2014
- Score: VCU 72, Cleveland State 63
- Records: VCU (10-3), Cleveland State (6-8)
- Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village – Richmond, Va.
- Short Story: Three VCU players finished in double figures, as the Rams closed out their non-conference slate with a 72-63 win over Cleveland State. Senior Treveon Graham led the way with 20 points and moved to the ninth spot on VCU's all-time scoring list (1,565 points).
- Video: Highlights l Coach Smart Presser
- Storify: The win through the eyes of #RamNation
- Around the Horns: Even in defeat, Cleveland State's Waters looks pretty smart
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
- VCU will begin Atlantic 10 Conference play at Fordham on Sunday, January 4. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.