Jan 04, 2015
- Score: VCU 75, Fordham 58
- Records: VCU (11-3), Fordham (5-7)
- Location: Rose Hill Gym – Bronx, N.Y.
- The Short Story: Seniors Briante Weber and Treveon Graham combined for 28 points, 14 rebounds and eight steals to lead the VCU men's basketball team to its sixth straight win, a 75-58 victory over Fordham. Weber's six steals moved him into a tie for fifth-place on the NCAA career steals with 349. The Rams forced a season-high 28 turnovers en route to the second most steals in school history with 21.
How It Happened
- A three-pointer by freshman Terry Larrier capped off a 10-2 run for the Rams to start the game.
- Fordham answered by getting within four, but VCU turned up the pressure en route to a 14-3 run and a 27-12 advantage with 8:39 remaining in the first half.
- Fordham got within four again, but three steals by Weber in the final three minutes of the half sent VCU into the break with a 37-30 lead.
- Eric Paschall led Fordham out of the break on a 7-1 run to get within one at 38-37 with 18:35 to play.
- VCU would force seven turnovers in over the next six minutes en route to a 14-0 run and a 52-37 lead with 12:21 remaining.
- Seven different players scored in the final 10 minutes as VCU's lead never dropped below double-digits, eventually sealing the 75-58 win with a steal and fastbreak layup by freshman Justin Tillman.
Beyond the Boxscore
- Weber's six steals moved him into a tie for fifth-place on the NCAA career steals list with 349.
- VCU has not trailed in the past 210:36, dating back to the end of regulation in the double OT win over UNI.
- Graham is now seven points away (1,579 career points) from tying Jesse Dark for eighth on VCU's all-time scoring list.
- The Rams are now 11-4 in NYC under Head Coach Shaka Smart.
- For the fifth time this season, VCU forced the opposition into more turnovers (28) than field goals (20).
- "It's good to be in conference play. I thought both teams played with really good energy. Our guys did a good job getting their hands on the basketball and we needed that because we turned the ball over too much, way more than we had been." – Head Coach Shaka Smart
- "We're always going to try and do what we do. There's some teams that we feel if we do apply a level of pressure that we can force a good amount of turnovers." – Head Coach Shaka Smart
- "It was important to get a road win under our belt. Obviously to be competitive in a league like this, you have to find ways to get wins on the road. Hopefully this was a good learning experience for all our young guys." – Head Coach Shaka Smart
- VCU returns home for back-to-back conference games, first up is A-10 newcomer, Davidson, on Wednesday. Game time at the Siegel Center is set for 7 p.m. on MASN.