Rams Welcome Davidson to the A10 with a 71-65 Victory at the Siegel Center

The Basics

How It Happened

  • Coming into the game, both teams were averaging over 25 3-point attempts per game, and their collective affinity for the three was apparent as soon as the game tipped off. Barely two minutes into the game each team had fired up three shots from behind the arc, and at the 17:23 mark a Davidson three gave the Wildcats a 5-2 lead. It was a significant moment, seeing as it was the first time since the end of the Northern Iowa match back on December 13 that the Rams trailed in a game.
  • That deficit wouldn't last long; junior Melvin Johnson answered with a trey of his own and after trading buckets with the Wildcats, the Rams took a lead that, save for a few seconds later in the half, it would hold for the rest of the night.
  • The Rams ended up entering halftime with a 38-34 lead, with sophomore Doug Brooks leading the way with eight points. Davidson, who had ranked third in the country in points per game coming into tonight (85.8), managed just 34 points on 41 percent shooting.
  • Sophomore Mo Alie-Cox started off the second half on a good note with a monster dunk, which preceded a nearly three minute-long scoring drought by Davidson despite five shot attempts in that span. The teams traded points before another thunderous dunk, this one from senior Jarred Guest, sent the crowd into a frenzy and gave VCU a 47-39 lead with 14:07 remaining.
  • The loudest moment of the night came with just a couple minutes remaining in the game. After a block from Alie-Cox, Johnson drilled a three in transition to push VCU's lead to 12, 69-57. That capped a little 10-3 run that, at the time, seemed to put the game away for good.
  • Davidson, however, would not back down, going on an 8-2 run of its own and making five of its final seven 3-point attempts to close out the game, but the Rams would lock in down the stretch and secure the 71-65 victory. 

Beyond the Box Score

  • Weber's four steals propelled him into a tie for fourth place on the NCAA career steals chart. His 353 career takeaways ties him with former Nebraska Cornhusker Cookie Belcher.
  • Graham jumped up a spot on his own list, taking sole possession of eighth place on the VCU career scoring chart, passing Jesse Dark (1970-74). Next up for Graham is Dom Jones (2000-04), who sits just two points ahead at the moment. 

Up Next

  • VCU continues A10 play with a home game against Saint Joseph's this Saturday, January 10 at 2 PM. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.